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Association Between Invasive Lionfish And Native Fish Species In The Western Atlantic And Caribbean, Erin T. Spencer May 2014

Association Between Invasive Lionfish And Native Fish Species In The Western Atlantic And Caribbean, Erin T. Spencer

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Lionfish (genus Pterois) are a carnivorous, venomous fish native to the Indo-Pacific that are now invasive in the Western Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico. They are extremely adaptable, eat a wide variety of native fish species, and are prolific breeders. The rapid infiltration of lionfish into native reef ecosystems have caused the invasion to be recognized as one of the world’s top conservation issues.

Since 1990, the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) has employed widespread fish count program that educates divers about fish identification and collects citizen data in an extensive database. I utilized this data to illustrate ...


Smooth Hammerhead Target Fishing And By-Catch In Puerto López, Ecuador: Trends In Catch And Recommendations For Mitigation, Lauren E. Degeorge Jan 2014

Smooth Hammerhead Target Fishing And By-Catch In Puerto López, Ecuador: Trends In Catch And Recommendations For Mitigation, Lauren E. Degeorge

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Sharks have not historically been considered a valuable resource but, with the increase in demand for their fins, shark catch numbers have risen dramatically and many shark populations are suffering. It is difficult to know the extent of the problem because there is a lack of information about sharks and shark catch is vastly under-reported. The smooth hammerhead shark (Sphyrna zygaena) is valuable in the shark fin market for its eight, large fins and is frequently landed at the Puerto López fish market in Ecuador. EquililbrioAzul is a marine conservation organization that has been keeping track of shark catch in ...