Details of this species in Cayman Brac
Source: Cayman Islands Government Undated
Arrival Date: 2008
Species Notes for this Location:
The lionfish was first reported from Cayman Brac in September 2008.
Management Notes for this Location:
Physical: In order to control and manage the lionfish invasion, culling programs have been introduced in the Cayman Islands, Bermuda and the Bahamas (Adam-Whitmore 2009). Spear fishing has been tried but the most effective way is to use two nets in a kind of pincer movement, drawing the fish into one of them; then the fish are transferred into a dry bag by carefully grabbing the body using spine resistant gloves; in the Caymans the lionfish are then collected by the DOE, the gill filaments are removed for DNA testing and their biological data recorded (Adam-Whitmore 2009).
Human health: The lionfish’s venomous spines, designed to deter large marine predators, and can inflict painful wounds in humans (DaCosta-Cottam et al. 2009). If you or someone you know gets stung by a lionfish it is advised to immerse the wound in hot but non-scalding water for 30 to 90 minutes and seek medical attention immediately (Cayman Islands Government Undated).
Last Modified: 15/02/2010 1:10:22 p.m.