[Coral-List] first report of a lion fish in continental Colombia - Granate

Katherine Cure katherine.cure at gmail.com
Fri May 15 00:03:01 EDT 2009

Dear Valeria,

Reports in San Andres from December last year had the southernmost
on the map in the Caribbean. Check out my last article in El Heraldo, local
in Barranquilla, Colombia

Sad to hear they are also in the beautiful Granate, so mainland Colombia
I believe the increase in awareness is helping out to deal with the
situation in the best
way possible.
You should report the sighting to the USGS (
http://nas.er.usgs.gov/taxgroup/fish/lionfishdistribution.asp)  and check
out REEF's programs (http://www.reef.org/lionfish).


On Thu, May 14, 2009 at 3:22 PM, Valeria Pizarro <valepizarro at yahoo.com>wrote:

> Dear coral listers,
> Yesterday (May 13th) the first lion fish was spotted in the continental
> reefs of Colombia in the bay of Granate (near Santa Marta city). The
> observation was made by the marine biologist Juliana Gonzalez and the
> instructor Santiago Estrada.
> Don't know if the discussion on how to deal with this invasion problem
> resulted in any specific actions but we have to start doing something if we
> don't want to see our reefs more deteriorated.
> Kind regards,
> Valeria Pizarro
> Valeria Pizarro, PhDDocente TitularPrograma Biología MarinaUniversidad
> Jorge Tadeo Lozano, Sede Santa MartaCra. 2 No. 11-68, Edificio Mundo
> MarinoRodadero, Santa Marta, MagdalenaPBX: + 57 5
> 4229334valeria.pizarro at utadeo.edu.co
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Katherine Cure
Field Coordinator/Coral Reef Researcher
Oceanic Society
Blackbird Caye, Belize
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