Since 2011, we have looked for opportunities to work with Caribbean Overseas Territories to get a better understanding of the scale and nature of the lionfish problem, including economic and ecological impacts.
Since then, DEFRA, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) have provided funding totalling £80,000 to help Caribbean Overseas Territories tackle this increasingly serious threat. This includes two seminars in 2013 (organised by the JNCC) to enable the UK Overseas Territories to address sustainable control of lionfish in the longer term. Work is also being funded in the Cayman Islands to assess the economic impact of the lionfish invasion.
We will also be funding a Darwin Plus project in Bermuda over the next two years totalling £169,898 which will address lionfish control.