Due to the ever increasing impacts of man upon the environment, encouragement of better stewardship is tantamount to the preservation and restoration of vital ecosystems. Ecosystems are a complex environments that are dependent upon the species, terrain, weather, runoff and environments that surround them. Therefore, if one part of the ecosystem is affected negatively, other neighboring ecosystems or the species within will be affected. To ensure the preservation and restoration of vital ecosystems, Marine Protected Areas have been established throughout the world.
Marine Protected Areas were established to directly assist environments and the species that reside in them. These established areas that are free of marine usage, allow corals, invertebrates and marine mammals environments to flourish and encourage healthy, unhindered growth. By allowing areas to be free of marine usage, the benefits are passed on areas that surround MPA’s.
MPA’s are maintained and managed to ensure the healthiest of conditions for the indigenous species of that area. Unfortunately, invasive species such as the Pterois Volitans and Pterois Miles (to name a couple), have infiltrated many MPA’s and found them to be great refuges from registered fishermen and lionfish extractors. Many MPA’s have developed Invasive Species Management Plans to manage this invasion within their regions.
MPA Invasive Lionfish Extraction Permits
To ensure the preservation of Marine Protected Area's, strict no-fishing as well as marine usage rules are enforced. The enforcement of these usage rules is important to encourage a healthy ecosystem. Although this mitigates further direct impacts, diseases, storm damage and Invasive Species can have a devestating effect on protected areas along with unprotected areas. To deter negative impacts created by the Invasive Lionfish within MPA's, officials have trained and developed MPA employee response teams.
To assist MPA's with Invasive Lionfish Management in the U.S.V.I., the C.O.R.E. Foundation offered our services. In 2010, C.O.R.E. submitted Lionfish Extraction Training to United States National Park of St. John. C.O.R.E. training was accepted as valid training to be used in the USNP. Individuals with endorsed Lionfish Extraction Training apply for permits to extract within the USNP.
In 2010, C.O.R.E. assisted the British Virgin Islands Reef Guardians with their programming and training guidelines. At that time it allowed the B.V.I. Reef Guardians to apply for permits within the B.V.I.. Some individuals that frequent both USVI and BVI have had proper training to allow them to apply for permits in U.S.N.P. St. John.
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