The invasive Red Lionfish has infiltrated the entire Caribbean region and has not made exception for the Swan Islands.  With no known culling efforts in place these islands are likely to turn in to a breading ground for these destructive fish and continue to populate the rest of the islands down stream of Swan, despite other countries efforts. 

Roatan, Utilla, Guanaja and Cayos Cochinos of the Bay Islands of Honduras all have active culling programs supported by their local dive shop businesses and divers.  Swan Islands does not have this fortune and if left much longer the reefs could face complete removal of reef fish species until there is nothing left until Lionfish.

Lionfish are known to eat other smaller Lionfish if there are no other food sources.  If all other fish have been eaten by Lionfish then there will be no reef grazing fish to clean the corals. The reefs are at risk to become over run with algae and eventually the hard coral coverage will die off. 

Perhaps what is needed is a Red Lionfish Expedition with a sole purpose to clean out these fish and give the reefs a chance of recovery.  Please add a note in the comments if you think this is a good idea and if you'd be interested in participating. 

Brad Schaefermeyer
1/20/2016 01:45:16 pm

I visited Swan Island end of September 2001 to install a weather station on the Island. I would be happy to provide photos of the island. I walked nearly all the way around the island during my 2 day stay at that time.

Dan Flaherty
2/26/2016 04:33:45 am

Please contact me with any information on Swan we are looking at putting a research station on the island and need as much info as possible

3/19/2016 11:58:32 am

I live where there is an active lion fish culling program.
Not only would it be useful to the reefs but could supply a ton of food as well! Which in turn could partially fund any culling attempts. They're on most menus at the restaurants where I live and tourists eat it up!

Gavirio Vicuta
7/10/2016 08:10:32 pm

Your alarmism on the Lion Fish eradicating all local fish is unwarranted.

Dan Flaherty
7/26/2016 08:29:38 am

Nikki Finger
10/25/2020 03:27:21 am

I visited this wonderful island with my Dad in the 1960’s. I do have pictures, as well as fond memories, from that visit. I would be glad to share photos if desired. I’d love to know how the people I met on that trip survived the hurricane, which I just read about.


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