The St. Maarten Nature Foundation is at the forefront of the controlling the lionfish invasion in the territorial waters of St. Maarten. On July 15th 2010 the first Lionfish was spotted on St. Maarten and the Lionfish response plan soon went into effect.
In its efforts to manage and control the infestation the Nature Foundation has distributed lionfish collection materials to the various dive centers and fishermen. Lionfish are an invasive species that were introduced into 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 very dangerous sting. If someone is stung by a lionfish heat should be applied directly to the wound and medical attention should be sought immediately.
Twice a year the Nature Foundation also holds a lionfish derby were great prizes can be one. Check the Nature Foundation Facebook page and this Website for announcements.
Have you seen a lionfish?
Please report lionfish sightings. Call the Nature Foundation at 5444267 or send an email.