Tracking the red lionfish invasion in Barbados

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Lionfish (Pterois volitans)

Lionfish (Pterois volitans), Curaçao. Photo by Laszlo Ilyes via Flickr, licensed under CC BY 2.0.

This project aims to increase the amount of data available on the lionfish (Pterois volitans), an invasive alien in Barbados, thereby improving the evidence basis for conservation and management actions.

Expected outcomes include:

  • Mobilization and aggregation of all available national data on the lionfish
  • Creation of an open-access catalogue and database that can help to identify gaps in knowledge and action, leading to improved financial and human resource allocations
  • Identification of policy- and decision-relevant data that can contribute to the development of the island country's invasive alien species legislation and policies

Project participants include technical and agency staff as well as governmental and non-governmental stakeholders associated with marine research, conservation, and natural resource monitoring and management.