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Invasive lionfish control

The introduction of the invasive Lionfish (has become a major concern for all Caribbean countries. Lionfish feed on native reef fish and have proliferated from Florida to as far south as Brazil. The Foundation launched its lionfish control program to protect the reef of Puntacana Resort & Club. The program seeks to minimize the number of lionfish on the reef and instead put them on the plate of local restaurants and the shelves of local souvenir shops.

Working with local fishermen, the Foundation has encouraged Puntacana Resort & Club to serve lionfish at its numerous restaurants. The Foundation also trained local women to prepare lionfish as exotic souvenirs sold in local stores. Since 2011, The Foundation has helped harvest over 1,500 lbs. of lionfish from local waters, while actively participating in national and international workshops about lionfish.