Since 2009, the C.O.R.E. Foundation has provided and maintained an Invasive Lionfish Sighting Hotline throughout the U.S. Virgin Islands. In 2010, the U.S. National Park St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands provided C.O.R.E. Educational Postcards at visitor centers. This was done to educate as well as encourage visitors to report lionfish sightings. As the program grew, facebook and sighting webpages were added to the network to increase sightings and response. In 2014, the C.O.R.E. Foundation's Invasive Lionfish Sighting Network was listed as the sighting network for the 2014 U.S. Virgin Islands Lionfish Management Plan.
Invasive Lionfish Sighting Network
C.O.R.E.'s Invasive Lionfish Sighting Network is made up of several communication systems. Sighting Hotlines, regional emails, Facebook pages and an Invasive Lionfish Sighting Webpage were integrated to assist with Invasive Lionfish Management. The integration of these communication systems increased invasive lionfish reports and provided valuable data on densities and distribution. In turn, the integrated sighting network has increased extractions as well as decreased time between sighting and extraction. Tabulation of sighting and extraction data has increased the focus of invasive lionfish management and continues to assist various ongoing studies.
Each C.O.R.E. Dive Director monitors a Sighting Hotline and email for sightings and extraction information. To increase sighting information, social media and an Invasive Lionfish Sighting Webpage were added to the sighting network. Along with general sighting/extraction information, the sighting webpage is equipped with a Google Earth application. This allows the reporter to place a marker where the lionfish was originally sighted.
Reported lionfish sightings are posted on the C.O.R.E. Lionfish Sighting Report page. As sightings are extracted, the database is updated to keep sightings current. All information is accessible to be viewed by the viewer.
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