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.

Collaborators: AP Marine Environmental Consultancy (Nicosia), The Cyprus Institute (Nicosia), Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research Institute (Haifa), Oceanography Centre (Nicosia), Q-Divers (Ayia Napa), Ocean Aquarium (Paralimni), Society of Nature and Culture (Famagusta),  Nature and Environment Research Centre (Turkey).

Jimenez_Lionfish_CIESM poster_04.09.2016