Lobsterfest 2013: A photo diary

by Jen Chapman, Country Coordinator, Belize

Placencia’s 2013 Lobsterfest was more about lionfish than the traditional fishery! SEA‘s third annual lionfish tournament was implemented with the support of Blue Ventures and TIDE, seeing three dive teams remove almost 600 lionfish from nearby reefs. Data collected from the catch included total weight, stomach contents, sex ratios and size distribution. Lionfish population density surveys before and after the event will be used to determine the effectiveness of using lionfish tournaments as a means to control the ever-growing population of this damaging invasive species.

Below is a selection of the best photos taken during the day’s festivities.

All photos are © of Blue Ventures, Annelise Hagan and Gordon Kirkwood

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Jen started working for Blue Ventures as a Field Scientist in Belize in January 2011, and progressed to Country Coordinator in July 2012. During her time in Belize, Jen has built strong relationships with the community of Sarteneja as well as various national and regional conservation organisations and networks. She is responsible for developing and implementing the Blue Ventures' Belize conservation programmes, and ensuring that the science programme conducted on expeditions to Bacalar Chico maintains a high standard, enabling our contribution to regional and national efforts. She also coordinates community education and outreach events, and liaises with local partners to achieve common goals.
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About Jennifer Chapman

Jen started working for Blue Ventures as a Field Scientist in Belize in January 2011, and progressed to Country Coordinator in July 2012. During her time in Belize, Jen has built strong relationships with the community of Sarteneja as well as various national and regional conservation organisations and networks. She is responsible for developing and implementing the Blue Ventures' Belize conservation programmes, and ensuring that the science programme conducted on expeditions to Bacalar Chico maintains a high standard, enabling our contribution to regional and national efforts. She also coordinates community education and outreach events, and liaises with local partners to achieve common goals.