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Posted by Slickrock Adventures on March 22, 2014

Help control an invasive species on vacation: The Lionfish Project

Blue Ventures Expeditions has a series of educational vacations in Belize I REALLY wish I could go on. Unfortunately, the dates don’t work for me, but I’m hoping some of you can go and then write a blog post about it! Blue Ventures’ new lionfish projects start this May to help manage and monitor the progress of the invasive fish in the Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve, which is about

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Posted by Slickrock Adventures on November 4, 2013

One-week Scuba Diving Work-Vacation | Belize Research Dive Camp May 2014

If you like scuba diving and “work-cation” is part of your vocabulary, check out this one week scuba diving work-vacation at Blue Ventures in Belize. Help with efforts to rollback the lionfish invasion by participating in spearfishing hunts, measuring, dissecting and logging your lionfish catch, and conducting site surveys. Vollunteers provide their own flights, gear, hotels before and

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Posted by Slickrock Adventures on November 1, 2013

Lionfish: The Latest Update

Lionfish are a big problem in Belize, the Caribbean and the entire Atlantic. We like to stay on top of the lionfish story and have covered it thoroughly over the past three years on this blog. Lionfish in the news again This update is prompted by several recent news stories: an October 19 CNN report which itself was covered on October 21 in The Christian Science Monitor and on Yahoo News. Kickin

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Posted by Slickrock Adventures on June 18, 2013

Tiger prawn now in Belizean waters, joins lionfish invasion

It was in 2008 when the Belize Fisheries Department confirmed the first sighting of the invasive Lionfish in Belizean waters. The increasing numbers of the lionfish threatening our ecosystem lead to numerous projects and tournaments to get rid of the invasive lionfish. Now there is another species that joins this creature in Belizean waters – the Tiger Prawn. Mr. Severo Guerreo Sr, (a local

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Posted by Slickrock Adventures on May 28, 2013

Barracuda devours a lionfish! A hopeful sign!

Because the invasive lionfish species has been having such a huge impact throughout Caribbean reef ecosystems, including on Glover’s Reef, we try to keep abreast any new developments that might give us reason to hope that someday they at least will be held in check, if not generally eradicated from the Caribbean reefs they invaded. This video, posted last week to YouTube by someone using the

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Posted by Slickrock Adventures on May 10, 2013

Feeding the sharks while scuba diving in Belize

This video from a visit to Belize in April shows divers feeding a nurse shark from the tip of their spear gun. On Long Caye, the only fish we spear are lionfish, an invasive species that is hurting the ecology of coral reefs around across the Caribbean.

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Posted by Slickrock Adventures on February 28, 2013

The Caymans take the lionfish fight to a whole new level

The fight to combat the invasive lionfish (which is decimating coral reef fish domains in the Caribbean) took another step in the right direction when the Cayman Islands Tourism Association announced a new lionfish-spearing contest that doubles as a publicity push to increase demand for the fish from local restaurants – Restaurants And Watersports Operators To Partner For Major Lionfish Cul

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Posted by Slickrock Adventures on October 4, 2012

A new theory on how the lionfish invasion began

We have blogged about the invasive lionfish a number of times, but this New York Times article by Carl Safina sheds an entirely unique perspective on the crisis. Carl Safina is founder of Blue Ocean Institute at Stony Brook University and a MacArthur Fellow. His books include “A Sea in Flames: The Deepwater Horizon Oil Blowout,” and “The View From Lazy Point; A Natural Year in an Unnatural

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Posted by Slickrock Adventures on September 9, 2012

Scourge of the Lionfish

From the New York Times — About 20 years ago, one of the world’s most beautiful and otherworldly fish, the red lionfish, started showing up in south Florida and the Caribbean. Now, they’re a plague. Millions of them live from northeastern South America to New York, from water you can stand in down to depths of a thousand feet. In a world where the main concern about fish is overfishing,

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