Meetings Regional Meetings

RLC’s Puerto Rico meeting

Monday , September 03, 2012 - Thursday , September 06, 2012


Key participants from all over the Caribbean met in Puerto Rico on 3-6 September to plan to write up of a Regional Lionfish Control Strategy. The workshop was organized by ICRI’s Regional Lionfish Committee (RLC). The Strategy is now under development and will be promoted in relevant international fora.


  • Lad Akins.- Director of Special Projects, Reef Environmental Education Foundation
  • James Morris .- Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research, National Ocean Service (NOS), NOAA
  • Dayne Buddo.- Academic Coordinator, Discovery Bay Marine Laboratory, The University of the West Indies, Jamaica
  • Lakeshia Anderson.- The Bahamas National Trust
  • Ruben Torres .- Parque Nacional Submarino La Caleta, Dominican Republic-Reef Check
  • Melina Laurent .- DEAL Guadeluope SAPNSP
  • Craig Lilyestrom.-Director Marine Resources Division. Dept. of Natural and Environmental Resources
  • Naitram (Bob) Ramnanan.- Scientist/ IAS Coordinator and Regional Representative – Caribbean and Central America (CABI) Trinidad and Tobago
  • Graciela García-Moliner.- US Department of Commerce, Caribbean Fishery Management Council
  • Maren Headley.- Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM)
  • Ricardo Gómez.- CONANP, México
  • Michael Trulson.- State Department, USA.
  • Franck Gourdin.- CAR-SPAW

Workshop coordinator: Ricardo Gómez.- Regional Lionfish Committee / ICRI
Facilitator: Ruben Torres.- Dominican Republic-Reef Check

Upcoming activities:

September 30 – Deadline for integrating input from participants
November 1 – Integration of draft strategy, sending stakeholders for review (ICRI, CARICOM, SPAW-RAC…)
January 31, 2013 – Deadline for reviews and integrate final document
February 28, 2013 – Publication of the strategy