GCFI Announces Special Publication from Seminal Lionfish Symposium

[Marathon, Florida][October 27, 2016] The Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute and partner organizations
are pleased to announce the publication on the invasion of Indo-Pacific lionfish into the Western Atlantic in a
special, open access Theme Section in the Marine Ecology Progress Series (MEPS), a scientific journal
dedicated to publishing the best peer-reviewed articles on marine science. A total of nine peer-reviewed
scientific papers were published on a variety of topics including factors that enhance the success of the lionfish
in the invaded region, the effects of lionfish on native species, their genetic diversity, and the interactions
between lionfish and native predators in the region. The papers represent seminal research from many parts of
the lionfish’s invaded range including Bermuda, the Gulf of Mexico, Belize, The Bahamas, and Puerto Rico.
“We are very excited about the publication of this comprehensive examination of one of the most consequential
invasions of non-native species in any environment”, stated Dr. Mark Hixon of the University of Hawaii, coorganizer
of the session. Co-organizer Dr. Stephanie Green from Stanford University added, “This special
edition on the lionfish invasion finally brings together the best research into one standalone issue which will
serve as the go to reference on this subject for many years to come.” Added Bob Glazer, Executive Director of
the GCFI, “We are very excited to have hosted this symposium and be a partner in this publication. GCFI
places a very high value in making information available to everyone and we are particularly gratified that the
sponsors shared our vision and provided the funding to publish this important issue free of charge to anyone
interested in this emerging and consequential issue.”
The articles originated from the over 60 submissions that were presented at the 68th annual Gulf and Fisheries
Institute (GCFI) conference in Panama City, Panama, in November 2015. This symposium was the 8th annual
activity that focused on the lionfish invasion. The symposium drew scientists and resource managers from
across the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico to share their research and management approaches on the invasive
fish. Symposium support and journal open access was made possible through funding from the Florida Sea
Grant college program, the Reef Environmental Education Foundation, NOAA, Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission, and GCFI. The special lionfish issue can be viewed and download free of charge
here: http://www.int-res.com/abstracts/meps/v558/#theme
For more information on the symposium or publication, please contact: [email protected]
About the GCFI: The Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute (GCFI) was founded in 1947 to promote the exchange of
current information on the use and management of marine resources in the Gulf and Caribbean region. From its
beginning, GCFI has endeavored to involve scientific, governmental, non-governmental, academic, and commercial
sectors to provide a broad perspective on relevant issues, and to encourage dialogue among groups that often operate in
relative isolation from one another.
GCFI is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation governed by a Board of Directors elected by and from its membership. All
Officers and Board members serve GCFI on a volunteer basis

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