In 2020 we began monitoring and recording the presence of lionfish around the north of Kefalonia, locating three individuals. We also made contact with researchers at Wageningen University, Netherlands, to assist with a research project investigating the behaviour of invasive lionfish. They are hoping to understand whether individuals that roam to new habitats display traits of curiosity or bravery.
Ultimately, however, the eradication of this species in the Eastern Mediterranean is of utmost importance. We are therefore seeking to establish a network within the Ionian Islands for the monitoring and culling of invasive lionfish. Travelling to 15-20 dive centres on Kefalonia, Ithaca, Lefkas and Zakynthos, we will provide information on the lionfish invasion, an introduction to a monitoring platform, and training in hunting lionfish. We aim to provide the dive centres with the necessary equipment and skills to safely eradicate lionfish. Through these initiatives, we intend to slow and contribute to the halt of the spread of lionfish in the Mediterranean.