The Summit Foundation supports all lionfish outreach and social marketing, management support to Belioness, and lionfish strategy work, including surveys and community consultations.
The MAR Fund coordinated the MAR Lionfish Strategy and have supported lionfish outreach and social marketing, as well as the development of the Belize lionfish strategy and national surveys.
The WWF Russell E. Train Education for Nature Fund supported a workshop in 2015 that led to the establishment of the group, Belize Lionfish Jewelry (Belioness).
This women’s group, made up of 19 women from seven coastal communities across Belize, was established by Blue Ventures in late 2015. Now an independently registered business, Blue Ventures and Belioness work together to promote lionfish jewellery as a ethical fashion choice that supports women’s economic empowerment and lionfish control.
Alex Bogdanoff (NOAA / North Carolina State University) has provided technical support to Blue Ventures’ lionfish management efforts, both generally through collaborative discussion and shared learning and in particular through the creation of a Belize-specific lionfish population model, used in the Belize National Lionfish Management Strategy.
Both Dr James Morris (NOAA) and Alex Bogdanoff (NOAA / North Carolina State University) have provided technical support to Blue Ventures’ lionfish management efforts, both generally through collaborative discussion and shared learning and in particular through the creation of a Belize-specific lionfish population model, used in the Belize National Lionfish Management Strategy.
Prof. Jennifer Solomon at The Warner College of Natural Resources supports all Blue Ventures’ social research associated with lionfish management in Belize, both indirectly in an advisory capacity, as well as directly through conducting research, student placements, survey design, data analysis and interpretation.
Blue Ventures has partnered with the Sarteneja Fishermen Association (SFA) since 2013 to provide lionfish safe handling training to fishers, to promote lionfish consumption, and to support the establishment of the Belize Lionfish Jewelry group – Belioness.
Blue Ventures works with the Belize Fisheries Department to develop Belize’s National Lionfish Management Strategy. This strategy adopts and integrated approach to lionfish management, prioritising effective control and seeking financially-sustainable solutions that maximise benefits to coastal communities.
The New England Biolabs Foundation is supporting Blue Ventures’ work with communities to manage Belize’s lionfish invasion, including outreach and social marketing, allowing native marine species and coral reef to recover.
The Southern Environmental Association (SEA) is working with Blue Ventures in Belize to tackle the lionfish invasion by coordinating Placencia’s annual lionfish tournament and monitoring lionfish populations to determine effective management strategies.