Help combat lionfish invasion online

Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration today announced the launch of a user-friendly, and interactive Invasive Lionfish Web Portal aimed at arming the fishery community and public with the latest details to the combat the invasive species in the Atlantic and Gulf region.

“The lionfish web portal was built to bring together scientists and coastal managers to share information and gather resources,” Fisheries Institute executive director Bob Glazer said in a prepared statement. “We are confident that we can control lionfish in many places such as marine protected areas, sanctuaries, and other conservation areas if the many strategies and tools provided on the lionfish web portal are used.”

NOAA scientists and policy experts, non-profit environmental groups, academic scientists, and coastal managers from the Southeast U.S., Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico cobbled together decades-worth of their own research and experiences in dealing with the lionfish invasion to author the site.

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