The lionfish program trials for their lobster lionfish displacement experiment are well underway. After many hours of work, all three “lobster cams” are now up and running which was only possible with the help of several staff from different departments around CEI.
Fishermen have given accounts that lionfish are invading their lobster traps, and it is affecting their income. To test if lionfish are capable of displacing lobster from their habitat, infrared cameras were set up to film the interactions of behaviors that occur between lionfish and lobster through both day and night. We already have many hours of footage and have seen some exciting behaviors.
Click on the link below to checkout some sample footage (This link downloads a .avi video file so please check your recent downloads after clicking):
We are busy analyzing video footage, stay tuned for updates!