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Ocean Support Foundation
The Ocean Support Foundation is dedicated
to protecting Bermuda’s reefs and ocean.
The Foundation has initiated and supports a
number of island projects utilizing its technical dive teams expertise and volunteers. The
Foundation’s Primary Focus is to reduce the
lionfish population in Bermuda’s waters to a
level that stops the devastating effects already
being seen in the Caribbean and elsewhere in
the Western Atlantic.
The Bermuda Lionfish
The Bermuda Lionfish Culling Program provides an opportunity for all Bermuda residents
over the age of 16 to receive a permit to hunt
The Lionfish Culling Programme is managed by Corey Eddy, a PhD candidate at the
University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
and a Fellow through the National Science
Foundation’s Graduate Research Programme.
Eddy works in collaboration with the Ocean
Support Foundation, the Bermuda Zoological Society, the Bermuda Institute of Ocean
Sciences, and the Bermuda Government Departments of Environmental Protection and
Conservation Services, to study the ecological
impact of the invasive lionfish upon Bermuda’s
coral reef ecosystem.
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more information or to sign up for classes.
Bermuda Lionfish Taskforce
The Bermuda Lionfish Taskforce, with fellow collaborators from the Ocean Support
Foundation, the University of Massachusetts
Dartmouth, the Bermuda Zoological Society,
BIOS and the Bermuda Departments of Conservation Services and Environmental Protection. The Lionfish Taskforce was formed in
2012 to coordinate local efforts to control the
population of invasive lionfish and limit the
impacts of their spread on Bermuda’s ecology
In early 2013, members of the Lionfish
Taskforce successfully applied for and received
a $265,000 grant from the Darwin Plus: Over-
seas Territories Environment and Climate
Fund under DEFRA. Research conducted
under the grant will be used to inform the
development of a comprehensive Lionfish
Control Plan for Bermuda, which will imple-
ment long-term control strategies for the
invasive population and the development of a
lionfish-specific trap for commercial fishers.
Founded by Matthew Strong & Selange
Gitschner, Groundswell’s purpose is to create
campaigns that empower the general public
to positively influence, support and take
part in solutions to environmental issues.
Through a large volunteer base and membership, Groundswell aims to aid charities, the
scientific community and stakeholders to
raise awareness of important environmental
issues and generate community action through
events, education, advocacy and cultural
Since 2011, Groundswell has hosted The
Groundswell Lionfish Tournament at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS).
Not just a fishing event, the tournament,
whose tag line is “Eat ‘um To Beat ‘um” is a festive family event meant to educate adults and
kids about the lionfish problem, and includes
cooking, handling and tasting of lionfish.
ON THE FRONT LINES IN
THE LIONFISH BATTLE