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On Sunday the 2nd of December 2012, the “Fundación Dominicana de Estudios Marinos” (Dominican Foundation for Marine Research), otherwise known as Fundemar, in conjunction with the La Romana – Bayahibe Tourism Cluster and the La Romana – Bayahibe Hotels Association, will celebrate the 1st Lionfish Tournament, with the aim of organising a massive Lionfish capture, as well as promoting its consumption and awareness of the danger it represents to our reefs.
Recently, an unwanted visitor has been spotted in the Caribbean sea.Lionfish, an unwanted species, which is very harmful to our own marine life has made its way to the warm waters of the Caribbean, from the North of the United States and Canada. Seen for the first time in Bayahibe only 4 years ago, these Lionfish are known to be a fierce species which can devour numerous ot
her fish in just a few minutes – which is why many foundations are striving to minimize and even eradicate their presence from our coasts.
Coincidentally, whilst this invader is bad for the marine ecosystem – they do make a delicious meal and pretty easy to capture with a spear – and Fundemar, as part of their campaign, cordially invites everyone to take part in the 1st Lionfish Tournament, which not only promises to be a fun time to spend with the family, but also a terrific way of supporting this wonderful cause of taking care of our beautiful Caribbean marine life.
During this first tournament, the teams fishing the most amount of Lionfish, will be awarded with great prizes, as well as special prizes awarded to those who fish the smaller ones and of course, the biggest Lionfish – AND to celebrate the many victories, a Lionfish tasting will be offered not only for those taking part in the tournament, but also in the many restaurants located in the Bayahibe area.
A Lionfish spotted near Bayahibe
Interesting Facts about Lionfish
• A Lionfish can eat up to 20 fish in less than 30 minutes.
• It can exterminate at least 80% of native fish in a very short period of time.
• It lays between 1, 5000 to 2,000 eggs three times a month (that is up to 45,000 eggs per month!)
• The Lionfish comes from the North of the United States and Canada and can quickly expand to the Caribbean and even to Brasil in less than six years.
Please sign up for the tournament and join this important cause! Below are the details for this 1st Lionfish tournament:
1st Lionfish tournament
Where: Bayahibe area
When: Sunday the 2nd of December, 2012
Inscriptions: Maximum of 5 people per boat and may compete in two categories; Free diving and Scuba Diving (Diving certificates will be required).
For more details please contact:
• La Romana – Bayahibe Tourism Cluster: (829) 520.9152
• Rita Sellares in FUNDEMAR: (829) 714.0616.
We look forward to seeing you there!