Lionfish (Pterois miles) invasion
Aim: Monitoring the invasion of Lionfish in Cyprus
Objectives: The project aims to monitor and analyze the presence of the highly invasive alien species lionfish in Cyprus. Through a well-established island-wide network of collaborators (professional and recreational divers and fishermen, port and governmental authorities, volunteers and observers of opportunity) we acquire records of sightings and specimens, in order to understand the dispersal and development of P. miles populations. Data collected include sets of standard observations, such as number of individuals found, estimated size, substrate, depth, locality, and when possible, specimens for taxonomic, morphometric, sexing, genetic and stomach content analyses.