College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
The development of a commercial fishery may provide an unparalleled opportunity to mitigate the impacts of invasive lionfish (Pterois volitans and P. Miles); however, establishing a commercial fishery for an invasive species has never been attempted. Broadly, my graduate research investigates if, how, and where a socioeconomically incentivized system of harvest can function as means to achieve long-term control and what management strategies will maximize the social, economic, and ecological benefits from a commercial lionfish fishery. Specifically, I am conducting field projects to study lionfish detection, lionfish removal efficiency, lionfish recolonization, and the potential efficacy of deep water harvest gear for lionfish. The information from these field projects will be synthesized to develop and evaluate predictive models for location-specific feasibility and ecosystem impacts for commercial lionfish fisheries.