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ICRI Regional Lionfish Workshop

Wednesday , August 25, 2010 - Saturday , August 28, 2010

Ricardo Gomez
[email protected]
Organized Under The France and Samoa Secretariat

In January 2010 during the general assembly of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI), the Secretariat agreed to set up an Ad Hoc Committee to develop a strategic plan for the control of lionfish in the Wider Caribbean. The control of this invasive species is supported on Article 8 In-situ conservation subdivision “h” of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in which “prevents the introduction, control and eradication of those alien species which threaten ecosystems, habitat or species”, as well as in Article 12 of the regional treaty “Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife Protocol” of the Cartagena Convention. This committee has since been formed and is organizing a regional workshop with a view to develop a strategy for the prevention, control and management of Lionfish (Pterois sp.) In the Wider Caribbean. Specifically it will:

  • Develop a draft strategy to control, monitor, and minimize impact of Lionfish (Pterois sp.) that will develop the capacity to reduce the threat from future marine invasions in the Wider Caribbean and their consequent harm to our marine environment.
  • Compile existing information of this species in the Wider Caribbean.
  • Establish the basis for generating information about this species.
  • Identify current strategies to control this species in the countries involved.
  • Establish activities, actions and common policies in the Wider Caribbean to control, traffic, import, export and marketing of exotic invasive species.
  • Develop and implement communication strategies and effective dissemination geared to the needs of the Wider Caribbean and locally.


The outcome of this workshop would be widely circulated within the region before it is presented to the International Coral Reef Initiative meeting to be held in Samoa in November 2010.

For more information, please contact the workshop organizers:

This workshop is funded by the National Commission for Protected Areas (CONANP), Mexico, the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF), U.S., and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S., and the government of France (ICRI Co-Secretariat).



The Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF)
The Mexican National Commission for Protected Areas (CONANP)
SPAW website
ICRI Regional Lionfish Workshop – Agenda

The purpose of the regional workshop was to develop a strategy for the prevention, control and management of Lionfish (Pterois sp.) in the Wider Caribbean.

August 25

06:00 – 8:00 pm – Registration
08:00 pm – Welcome and Social

August 26

08:00 am – Registration
08:30 am- Welcome, housekeeping, and introductions (Alfredo Arellano and Ricardo Gomez, CONANP)
08:45 am – Background, objectives and outcomes of the workshop (Ricardo Gomez Lozano, CONANP and Rich Wilson, Seatone Consultants)
09:15 am – Overview of Lionfish invasion, biology/ecology, impacts (James Morris, NOAA, Lad Akins, Reef Environmental Education Foundation, and Stephanie Green, Simon Fraser University Canada)
10:00 am – Break
10:15 am – Presentations of country control strategies and management plans highlighting key elements, successes and challenges (Rich Wilson, Seatone Consultants , Lad Akins, Reef Environmental Education Foundation and James Morris, NOAA)

01:45 pm – Lunch
03:15 pm – Discussion of key strategy topics (Rich Wilson, Seatone Consultants)
05:45 pm – Break
06:00 pm – Discussion of key strategy topics
07:00 pm – Adjourn

August 27

09:00 am – Review progress and introduce additional new thoughts (Rich Wilson, Seatone Consultants)
10:00 am – Development of Regional Strategic Framework (Rich Wilson, Seatone Consultants)
12:30 pm – Lunch
02:00 pm – Incorporate key elements into Regional Strategic Framework
04:00 pm – Break
04:15 pm – Identify next steps and conclude workshop
05:30 pm – Adjourn