is to raise public awareness of the lionfish invasion in Bermuda and to coordinate and support all activities to control lionfish population growth, thus reducing any negative impacts of the lionfish on our coral reefs, for the benefit of all Bermudians.
The Bermuda Lionfish Task Force is a mechanism to coordinate and focus the efforts of stakeholders and concerned citizens upon the implementation of all components within the Bermuda Lionfish Control Plan. Our two biggest priorities in our fight against the lionfish are research and education. Within these pages, you can learn all about lionfish including our concerns regarding their invasion, its impact upon the marine ecosystem, and what we are doing to control them locally. You can also read about the multiple ways you can get involved.
The Task Force represents all stakeholders including fishermen, SCUBA and Free divers, government entities, research institutions, tourist and entertainment destinations, and the general public. We provide an opportunity for people from all walks of life to contribute to the control and management of the invasive lionfish in Bermuda and welcome everyone’s participation.
To join our growing team of lionfish hunters, please check out our permit program
Please report every lionfish you see or capture to the Ocean Support Foundation.
Want to see where lionfish have been found around Bermuda? See Bermuda Lionfish map
Have you seen the lionfish exhibit on display at BAMZ?
The Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute and partner organizations have just announced the publication of research on the invasion of Indo-Pacific lionfish into the Western Atlantic in a special, open access Theme Section in the Marine Ecology Progress Series, a scientific journal dedicated to publishing the best peer-reviewed articles on marine science. A total of nine peer-reviewed scientific papers were published on a variety of topics including factors that enhance the success of the lionfish in the invaded region, the effects of lionfish on native species, their genetic diversity, and the interactions between lionfish and native predators in the region. The papers represent seminal research from many parts of the lionfish’s invaded range including Bermuda, the Gulf of Mexico, Belize, The Bahamas, and Puerto Rico. To read full publication, please click here.