Foundation captures eight lionfish near harbour

POSTED: 10/20/11 2:02 PM

St. Maarten – Staff of the St. Maarten Nature Foundation recently captured eight lionfish during a single one hour dive at the Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise & Cargo Facilities Cruise Ship Pier. The foundation was alerted to the presence of the large number of lionfish near the acropodes at the pier by the St. Maarten Ports Authority as to a presence a located. The captured fish have now been dissected and analyzed by Nature Foundation staff.

Lionfish is an invasive species that was introduced to the Caribbean through the aquarium trade. The fish is a threat to local fisheries because they have the potential to destroy local fishing grounds and the economies which depend on them. The lionfish is also a venomous species which can inflict a painful sting, therefore the Nature Foundation requests that only persons used to handling the fish such as divers and fishermen take part in the derby.

People who lionfish should contact the Nature Foundation at 544-4267 or via email at manager@naturefoundationsxm.org.

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