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One Week Lionfish Project

Organisation: Blue Ventures Expeditions Ltd

Country: Belize

Type: Environment & Wildlife Conservation

One Week Lionfish Project

If you're looking for more than just a dive holiday for a week break, then the Blue Ventures Lionfish Project in Belize could be perfect for you!

Joining our team out on our beautiful remote dive camp in Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve, part of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will:

• Improve your dive skills
• Learn about the marine environment
• Learn how to survey and hunt invasive lionfish
• Acquire your lionfish hunting licence
• Contribute towards valuable research

Since March 2010, we have been conducting coral reef monitoring and research in Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve, filling a much-needed data gap for one of the most remote marine protected areas in Belize.

The lionfish invasion was first documented in coastal waters near Florida in the 1980s, thought to be a result of deliberate and accidental releases from private and public aquaria. First officially recorded in Belizean waters as recently as 2008, their population has expanded rapidly throughout the country. With voracious appetites for juvenile fish and no natural predators to control them, they are now considered one of the biggest threats to the coral reef life in the Caribbean.

If you join us, you could contribute to research aiming to monitor the progression of the invasion in Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve. You can help reduce the pressure of this invasive fish by participating in regular lionfish culls whilst SCUBA diving. 

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