The first lion fish on Bonaire
The Bonaire National Marine Park received the first positive report on October 26, 2009 and immediately activated a previously prepared communication and action plan to remove as many lion fish as possible. The critical point of this removal action is the accurate reporting to the Park Management in order to activate the “removal team.” Due to its territorial behavior, relocation of a lion fish after accurate reporting is highly probable.
Most important, be extremely careful. Most of the spines are venomous and can cause extreme pain! If stung during diving, abort the dive immediately. Immerse wound in hot water and seek medical attention as soon as possible.
If you are a Bonaire resident you may apply for a Lion Fish hunting permit, including an ELF (elimination device lion fish) through STINAPA Headquarters. You need to have completed the lion fish hunting course with a local dive shop before you are eligible for this permit.