[Coral-List] Lionfish session and special workshop at GCFI

Lad Akins Lad at reef.org
Wed Jul 31 10:04:15 EDT 2013

Dear Listers, apologies for cross postings, feel free to circulate.


We wanted to bring to your attention two lionfish events that will be held
this year at the 66th Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute
Conference(GCFI), November 4-8th, in Corpus Christi, Texas.  


The first event is the 6th Annual Lionfish Session at the GCFI, co-sponsored
by REEF and NOAA.  This half-day session continues to provide new insights
into the lionfish invasion and opportunities for information exchange.  If
you are doing primary research on lionfish, please consider presenting in
this session. Preference for oral presentations will be given to new studies
of high impact to lionfish control and ecological impacts. Lionfish posters
will also be accepted for the general poster session.


We would also like to bring your attention to a special workshop on
harvesting lionfish as a foodfish.  Given the importance of lionfish
harvesting to local control, this workshop will discuss challenges and
opportunities of harvesting lionfish as a foodfish. We are looking for
diverse representation from research, management, and the seafood industry
communities.  There are no costs for attending this workshop, however, we
are limiting attendance to 30 participants to ensure a productive
discussion.  Preference will be given to attendees representing larger
groups or who are conducting highly relevant research to the harvesting of
lionfish as a foodfish.


If you are interested in participating in either of these events, please
read through the announcements below for submission information or to
contact the organizers.  


Hope to see you there!


Lad Akins

Director of Special Projects

Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF)




James A. Morris, Jr., Ph.D.
Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research
National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science
National Ocean Service, NOAA 



6th Annual Lionfish Session at GCFI*

Invasive lionfish: Biology, ecology, and control strategies

The lionfish invasion represents one of the most severe invasions of marine
ecosystems to date.  Presentations are invited addressing lionfish biology,
ecological and economic impacts, control strategies, and local and regional
management. Preference will be given to those presentations providing new
information relative to control and management.  To learn more about this
session, or for submission details and forms, please contact
<mailto:%6a%61%6d%65%73%2e%6d%6f%72%72%69%73%40%6e%6f%61%61%2e%67%6f%76> Dr.
James Morris ( <mailto:James.Morris at NOAA.gov> James.Morris at NOAA.gov) or
<mailto:%6c%61%64%40%72%65%65%66%2e%6f%72%67> Lad Akins (
<mailto:Lad at REEF.org> Lad at REEF.org). This special session is being sponsored
by NOAA and the Reef Environmental Education Foundation. 


Simultaneous workshop (held different day from special session) 

Lionfish in the Market: Challenges and Opportunities 

A workshop to discuss the challenges and opportunities of including lionfish
in the market place will be held simultaneously to the general sessions.
Presentations will cover marketing and distribution, supply challenges,
harvesting strategies, and risks and state of research for ciguatera fish
poisoning and other foodborne associated pathogens.  This workshop is
invitation only.  To inquire regarding participation in this workshop,
please contact Dr. James Morris ( <mailto:James.Morris at NOAA.gov>
James.Morris at NOAA.gov).  

Anticipated number of participants is 30.


*For more information on the 66th GCFI, please visit www.GCFI.org





Lad Akins

Director of Special Projects


P O Box 370246

98300 Overseas Hwy

Key Largo FL 33037

(305) 852-0030 w

(305) 942-7333 c


Lad at REEF.org



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