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Invasive Species

9
Jun

New research: targeted fishing of invasive lionfish can support conservation and livelihoods

A new approach to controlling the invasive red lionfish in Belize gives fishers a target to curb numbers. The approach has the potential to be applied to any region where the lionfish invasion threatens traditional fisheries and ocean health. Marine conservationists have developed an unconventional fisheries management target for the control of invasive lionfish (Pterois ...
7
Mar

Lionfish management hits the headlines in Belize

The launch of a new lionfish management strategy for Belize on 21 February was covered nationally in The San Pedro Sun and Breaking Belize News. The strategy, developed by Blue Ventures and the Belize Fisheries Department, describes how to design and implement an integrated approach to lionfish management. Drawing on almost a decade of research ...
6
Mar

Taming the lion: an integrated approach to lionfish control

A new strategy, launched on 21 February 2019 in Belize City, describes how to design and implement an integrated approach to lionfish management. Drawing on almost a decade of research into the effects of the lionfish invasion and the efficacy of different methods of control, this strategy is designed to help governments, conservation groups and ...
13
Feb

Beltraide: Transforming threats to treasure

Cecilia Guerrero, Blue Ventures' Conservation Coordinator in Belize, recently wrote for Beltraide's magazine, Invest Belize, about the the Belize Lionfish Jewellery Group. Beltraide is a government body that “enhances Belize’s prosperity by fostering investor confidence, entrepreneurship, business growth and innovation.” Members of the Belize Lionfish Jewellery Group, Belioness, have participated in a number of training programmes ...
3
Oct

Blog: Belioness: empowering women and helping the reef, one lionfish at a time

Mindy Cruz had to stop going to school when she was 12, making it difficult for her to find fulfilling work, but now she is the Chairwoman of Belioness – a group of Belizean women who make jewellery from the fins of the invasive lionfish. Read the full post: Belioness: empowering women and helping the ...
14
Mar

Blog: Taming the lionfish: celebrating the contribution of our volunteers in Belize

At the European Coral Reef Symposium in Oxford in December 2017, we shared positive lessons learnt on the benefits that volunteers can bring to marine conservation, using our efforts to address Belize’s lionfish invasion as a case study. Read the full post: Taming the lionfish: celebrating the contribution of our volunteers in Belize
24
Jan

Blog: Scaling up the success of lionfish management through practitioner exchange

Four delegates from Colombia recently visited Belize to learn about market-based approaches to invasive lionfish control. Read the full post: Scaling up the success of lionfish management through practitioner exchange
10
Jan

Blog: Sarteneja’s kids learn about marine conservation through art

35 kids recently visited Blue Venture’s office in Sarteneja to create some marine-themed art and learn about conservation efforts in Belize. Read the full post: Sarteneja’s kids learn about marine conservation through art
20
Dec

Blog: An eye on the bigger picture: the evolution of our Belize team

Since Davide joined Blue Ventures in November 2014, the Belize team has undergone significant changes to keep community interests at the heart of their work. Read the full post: An eye on the bigger picture: the evolution of our Belize team
6
Oct

Caribbean Culture + Lifestyle: What’s on the menu? Lionfish!

Blue Ventures recently partnered with a well known Belize City restaurant, Nerie’s, to host a three course lionfish dinner with the purpose of promoting Belize's nascent 'lionfishery' and two lionfish jewellery businesses Kaj Expressions and Belioness - Belize Lionfish Jewelry. Caribbean Culture + Lifestyle reported on this event, also explaining the negative impact of Belize's invasive ...
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