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Lionfish Podcasts

By Scott Gonnello

It’s About Education! In order to find real solutions to deal with the invasive Lionfish we need to continually educate the public. We are Lionfish Central, a 501(c)3 charitable organization dedicated to providing tools for all sectors of the lionfish community.

We will use this platform as a way to educate about everything lionfish, We will also utilize this to make updates on the many projects we have going on throughout the 4 regions hit the hardest – The Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean Sea.
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E30 Arnold Postell - South Carolina Aquarium JuLionfish Derby
E30 Arnold Postell - South Carolina Aquarium JuLionfish Derby
Meet Arnold Postell from the South Carolina Aquarium and their first ever JuLionfish Derby! They recently finished their lionfish derby and festival and it was a great success. We sat down for a great conversation about lionfish in South Carolina and the efforts the Aquarium is trying to achieve. 
44:43
July 30, 2022
E29 Lisette and Dunja Curacao Lionfish Derby Recap
E29 Lisette and Dunja Curacao Lionfish Derby Recap
Lisette and Dunja sit down to recap the trip and Curacao Lionfish Derby. It was an incredible trip and spending time with these 2 lionfish hunters was amazing. 
14:09
June 27, 2022
E28 Dunja with Central Dive Curacao
E28 Dunja with Central Dive Curacao
Dunja and Marcel are the owners of Central Dive Curaçao and I spent a couple of dats diving with her and Lisette. Dunja is probably the best lionfish hunter on Curacao. Unique, very relaxed and just wonderful, these are our first diving feelings on Curaçao.  They dive more than 65 dive sites directly from the beach. The concept is simple: after checking in at the dive center we drive with our dive car to many different dive sites and show you the beauty of the underwater world. The qualified divers can dive on their own, they take their tanks with them and choose one of the 35 beaches available to them with the loaded rental car. From the beach you can go directly to the diving. No stress, no obligations, you can dive when and where you want. For snorkelers, many dive sites are recommended, where even non-divers can find their pleasure. https://central-dive-curacao.com/ 
19:27
June 27, 2022
E27 Farra and Joline Freediving Lionfish Hunters in Curacao
E27 Farra and Joline Freediving Lionfish Hunters in Curacao
I met Farra and Joline who are a couple of Freediving Lionfish Hunters in Curacao. They are doing their part to save the reefs from the invasive lionfish. While most of the lionfish hunters use SCUBA they do not. Freediving is a lot harder to do and you usually catch less. Theur story is inspiring and I'm grateful that I got the chance to meet them both!
26:16
June 27, 2022
E26 Citizen Scientist Dan in Aruba
E26 Citizen Scientist Dan in Aruba
I met Dan by chance - we were both in Aruba at the same time but didn't know it. He is a Citizen Scientist wanting to find solutions for controlling the invasive lionfish. It was a great unexpected surprise that we could catch up.
17:40
June 27, 2022
E25 Abigail with Lionator Pole Spears in Aruba
E25 Abigail with Lionator Pole Spears in Aruba
Abigail is with Lionator Pole Spears in Aruba. Abigail has been working in the Aruban lionfish community for years and is passionate about marine conservation!
23:44
June 27, 2022
E24 Intern Teagan at Tobacco Caye Marine Station Belize
E24 Intern Teagan at Tobacco Caye Marine Station Belize
I met Teagan at the Tobacco Caye Marine Station in Belize while she was interning there. She mad a really cool discovery that changed the way we see lionfish. Enjoy meeting Teagan!
14:38
June 27, 2022
E23 Roxy and Her Lionfish PhD Project
E23 Roxy and Her Lionfish PhD Project
Roxy and her Lionfish PhD Project is an exciting new way of gathering information on ways to someday combat the invasive lionfish. Meet Roxy and her very creative project!
28:04
June 27, 2022
E22 Sietske And Arikok National Park Aruba
E22 Sietske And Arikok National Park Aruba
Sietske works at the Arikok National Park in Aruba. Arikok National Park lies on Aruba’s east coast. Conchi is a natural ocean pool sheltered by craggy rock formations. Beaches include Boca Prins and Dos Playa, a turtle nesting site. Caquetío Indian rock paintings adorn nearby Fontein Cave. Openings in the roof of Quadiriki Cave let in sunlight. An old adobe house at Cunucu Arikok recalls Aruba’s farming past. Jamanota and Arikok hilltops offer sweeping island views. Aurba has a challenge removing lionfish from their waters and the national park is trying to help. Learn more about the park here: https://www.arubanationalpark.org/ 
23:52
June 27, 2022
E21 Lisette with Lionfish Caribbean and Lionfish and Mangoes
E21 Lisette with Lionfish Caribbean and Lionfish and Mangoes
When it comes to lionfish hunters on the island of Curacao, Lisette's name is among the conversations. She is the owner of Lionfish Caribbean, a jewelry company that uses fins from the invasive lionfish. Lisette is also the owner of Lionfish and Mangoes, a great culinary endeavor that encourages more people to eat the lionfish. She helps divers earn an income by selling their catch to her so she can cook and make more lionfish jewelry. It's a brilliant way to help protect the reefs from the lionfish.  
38:15
April 16, 2022
E20 Caribbean Lionfish Alliance with Martin and Dick
E20 Caribbean Lionfish Alliance with Martin and Dick
Meet Martin and Dick from Aruba! These 2 lionfish hunters are part of CLA - the Caribbean Lionfish Alliance. They work hard to protect the reefs from the invasive lionfish. We did this podcast at Lionfish Snack Aruba - a great and fitting place to talk about lionfish. Here is more information about CLA. Protecting the reef for years to come. Caribbean Lionfish Alliance - CLA was founded by a group of hunters who became friends. A foundation to bring people, businesses and other foundations together to rid Aruba’s beautiful reef of the invasive lionfish. As the tides change, so to do ideas, circumstances and opportunities. The constant in our story was a group of individual hunters that joined together their love for the ocean, love of scuba diving and the thrills that come from hunting the invasive lionfish. As time would have it, the group of hunters became friends; hunting together for several years. Their shared experiences led to the idea of starting a foundation which soon turned into a wonderful reality. CLA was officially recognized by Aruba on September 25th 2020 providing long-term opportunities for this group to grow and continue to bring people, businesses and other foundations together to rid Aruba’s beautiful reef of lionfish for the ultimate goal of protecting the reef for years to come.
27:57
April 05, 2022
E19 Lionfish Snack Aruba
E19 Lionfish Snack Aruba
The Lionfish Snack Aruba is one of the best ways to help remove lionfish from the Aruba waters! It is a unique place to have lunch or dinner and it's the most environmentally friendly food on the island when it comes to saving the reefs. Patrick is the owner and tell us his perspective of the lionfish around the island. Here is some information from Patrick's website:  In 2017 I started with the idea to try and sell it myself. Building a snack truck beside my house and becoming the first takeaway on the island dedicated to prepare and sell this invasive specie. Loving nature and start living on Aruba 21 years ago I started scuba diving. Around 2007 was the first time I saw the LionFish in Aruba waters. The LionFish struck with me with its beauty, long feather like fins and beautiful colors. It was a few years later I learned how destructive the LionFish was for our local fish and even other animals in the Caribbean sea. The LionFish, brought to the Caribbean Sea by human wrongdoing….again we as humans were the reason for putting our nature under pressure. For now the only way to reduce the LionFish population is to shoot them with a pole-spear. A few years I have been shooting and selling the fish to local restaurants. To remember the locations and when I was there shooting the fish I started filming and archiving the dives. You can see these videos on YouTube: Hunting LionFish Aruba. https://thelionfishsnackaruba.com/ 
11:54
April 05, 2022
E18 - Holden Harris and I Geeking Out
E18 - Holden Harris and I Geeking Out
Holden Harris is interested in applied research that guides natural resource management. His work currently focuses on innovative fisheries gear, including deepwater lionfish traps and self-releasing fishhooks; commercialized invasive species harvest and the developing lionfish fishery; and, applying ecosystem models to understand and forecast the effects of land-use and climate changes to coastal ecosystems and economies. We sat down with Holden for a very informative discussion about lionfish. 
49:08
February 23, 2022
E17 - UNBELIZEABLUE
E17 - UNBELIZEABLUE
UNBELIZEABLUE is a modern documentary that follows a multigenerational group of inspiring women leaders in Belize striving to protect the country’s Barrier Reef Reserve System. Focusing on the inherent conflict between conservation and exploitation of the world’s second largest coral reef system, the film highlights ways to protect Belize’s natural heritage while enabling communities to thrive in a sustainable way. Featured characters include, among others, Janelle Chanona (Oceana), Nadia Bood (World Wildlife Fund), Beverly Wade (Ministry of Blue Economy), Janet Gibson (Wildlife Conservation Society), Lisa Carne (Fragments of Hope), Jen Chapman (Blue Ventures), Melanie McField (Smithsonian Healthy Reefs Initiative), Rachel Graham (MAR Alliance), Julie Robinson (The Nature Conservancy) and jewelry artists Kaj Assales and Palovi Baezar. UNBELIZEABLUE aims to inspire, inform, and entertain global audiences. It will showcase breathtaking scenery, above and underwater, featuring music with a genuine Belizean vibe. Why This Film Humanity’s destructive impact on the environment is the existential issue of our times. Overwhelmed by doom and gloom scenarios from news headlines, the public yearns for positive and constructive examples of environmental stewardship. Welcome to Belize, a small Caribbean nation recognized as a marine conservation model worldwide. Notably, women here lead virtually all the local and international NGOs tasked with the protection of the country’s marine resources and associated livelihoods. Indeed, owing most of their livelihoods to the reef, either through fishing or tourism, Belizeans have taken bold measures to ban offshore oil exploration, eliminate gillnet fishing, restore coral gardens, and fight the invasive lionfish species. In Belize, marine conservation is a local story with global appeal. A bright example that there is still hope for humanity to come together to coexist and thrive with the environment.
26:52
January 16, 2022
E16 - How StingMaster Was Invented - with Reza
E16 - How StingMaster Was Invented - with Reza
Meet Reza, one of the inventors of StingMaster. We spoke with him at DEMA in 2021. In 2016, Reza was on an airplane, reading the in-flight magazine, when he came across an article describing the invasion of the lionfish in the Gulf of Mexico as well as the fish’s excruciatingly painful sting. Having worked on a Texas coral snake venom in the past, and mostly being a curious scientist, he checked the literature to see if anyone had figured out exactly how this venom works to cause pain, but his search came up empty. Fast forward to 2017, when he proposed a project to a student in his lab, Stephanie: figure out how lionfish venom causes pain. She accepted the challenge, and they managed to make a major breakthrough that they published in a paper in 2018, which was the cover of the November issue of the scientific, peer-reviewed journal PAIN, outlining exactly what kind of pain lionfish venom causes, what pain-sensing cells it targets, and began to uncover its mechanism of action.
18:42
December 09, 2021
E15 - Ivana From Sunny Curacao
E15 - Ivana From Sunny Curacao
Ivana from Sunny Curacao is someone who is passionate about the oceans and removing lionfish from them. Listen to her great advice and the passion she has to save the reefs.
13:46
December 03, 2021
E14 - StingMaster Stephanie
E14 - StingMaster Stephanie
Stephanie completed her BSc in Physiology at McGill University and is now a PhD Candidate at McGill University. She is the recipient of the prestigious Vanier Scholarship from the Canadian Institute for Health Research and is one of 3 Canadians invited to attend the 2020 Lindau Nobel Laureate Conference. For the past 3 years, her PhD research has focused on studying lionfish venom to understand how it causes so much pain on a molecular level.
17:24
December 02, 2021
E13 - Alex Fogg Conversation at DEMA 2021
E13 - Alex Fogg Conversation at DEMA 2021
Alex Fogg is well known in the lionfish world. His work in the pan handle part of Florida is wide and varied from deploying artificial reefs to cleaning up those reefs of lionfish. 
10:55
November 24, 2021
E12 - Tim Robinson of Zookeeper at DEMA 2021
E12 - Tim Robinson of Zookeeper at DEMA 2021
Zookeepers are the gold standard when it comes to hunting lionfish! Tim Robinson recently purchased Zookeeper and is taking it to the next level in the fight against the invasive lionfish. We met up with Tim at DEMA 2021 in Las Vegas. He is a great guy with a great business mind and will take everything to the next level.  https://lionfishzk.com/
16:23
November 23, 2021
E11 - Olacoral and Netless Catch with Anthony Valiulis
E11 - Olacoral and Netless Catch with Anthony Valiulis
Anthony Valiulis: CSO Anthony works to make sure we always have lionfish in supply for you! He is also the one planning out our future products that will help restore our oceans! He is a driving force when it comes to removing lionfish from the reefs by creating jobs and opportunities for locals to better their income by saving the reefs! 
13:51
October 21, 2021
E10 - Lionfish Bling with Phil Karp - Citizen Scientist
E10 - Lionfish Bling with Phil Karp - Citizen Scientist
Lionfish Bling with Phil Karp, a Citizen Scientist. Phil has a vast amount of information, connections and experience around the world when it comes to helping locals improve their lives by working with more resources - lionfish fins. Yes, Lionfish jewelry is becoming more and more popular and Phil has the entire story!
26:30
October 21, 2021
E9 - Lionfish Crew Sal Phil Anthony and Willie
E9 - Lionfish Crew Sal Phil Anthony and Willie
The best Lionfish Crew in Belize that week was Sal, Phil, Anthony and Willie! They did a great job of building, testing and deploying lionfish traps in Belize! Meet the crew that made it such a success!
19:41
October 21, 2021
E8 - Sal Delello President of ReefSave Inc
E8 - Sal Delello President of ReefSave Inc
Sal Delello President of ReefSave Inc The current version of Dr. Giddings Purse Trap resolves the FAD drag problem by using a flat panel allowing flat closing of the jaws on deployment. A float was added to the line to the surface that keeps the FAD erect, and a ring was added at the top of the FAD to assure complete closure of the trap. Extra netting was added to cause the netting to billow out when pulled to the surface. Billowing keep the lionfish near the FAD until the jaws were completely closed.
21:15
October 21, 2021
E7 - Shikha and Sadie Volunteers at ReefCI
E7 - Shikha and Sadie Volunteers at ReefCI
Shikha and Sadie were volunteers at ReefCI for one of the weeks I was there. This is their story. Environmental and Social Goals ReefCI has been and will continue to be focused on our hands-on conservation projects that protect the millions of species that rely on healthy functioning marine ecosystems. ReefCI firmly believes that hands-on education and activism is a key component in maintaining a sustainable future for humankind. To that end, ReefCI provides the experiential learning through our volunteer-based conservation projects, which will enable global citizens to impact decisions about conservation and world issues.  We encourage everyone to become a part of our community of people who care about the future of our planet’s oceans.
13:35
October 21, 2021
E6 - From Scratch is Bol's Nickname - ReefCI
E6 - From Scratch is Bol's Nickname - ReefCI
Marine Conservation Projects and Education Schedule and Weekly Itinerary All new arrivals to the island will complete week 1 schedule while on the island.  Those who are with us as rollovers (volunteers with us multiple weeks in a row) will be on our cycle two, three, and four schedules.  Please click on the links below to see each detailed weekly schedule that includes dives, conservation presentation topics, and meals. Marine Conservation Education Program Week 1 Schedule/Itinerary Cycle 2 Schedule/Itinerary Cycle 3 Schedule/Itinerary Cycle 4 Schedule/Itinerary About ReefCI: A Registered NGO/Non-Profit ReefCI has been developing and working on a wide variety of marine conservation projects to protect the Belize Barrier Reef and ocean ecosystem for over 14 years.  ReefCI is a registered non-profit in the USA as well as a registered NGO in Belize.  Since 2006, ReefCI through our volunteer citizen-scientist projects, has fought to protect the ocean and improve coral reef ecosystems.  However, ReefCI cannot do it alone, we need your help.  Individually, we are one drop.  Together, we are an ocean. How We Are Funded Our work is funded through environmentally minded eco-volunteers, like yourself, who come to our unique island in Belize to assist in our marine conservation projects and protect the underwater world we love.  Without your help and funding, ReefCI would not be possible.  Our volunteers truly are the change they wish to see in the world.  Join us and make a difference!
12:20
October 21, 2021
E5 - Becca and Bea Volunteers at ReefCI
E5 - Becca and Bea Volunteers at ReefCI
Becca and Bea Volunteers at Reef Conservation International empowers you to take an active role in directly protecting and conserving our oceans that we love via our marine conservation projects and environmental education and awareness program. You will learn about the invasive lionfish species that is destroying our native coral reefs and participate in our dives to spearfish and remove this incredibly destructive species.  You will also learn all about coral reefs, tropical fish, sharks, manatees, dolphins and many other species from tiny invertebrates to the largest fish in the ocean, the whale shark. You will participate in our marine conservation identification dives to discover the wonders of the marine world.  We also cover many more topics from ocean acidification, climate change, to global warming and you will discover things you can do to combat these issues.  Join us and make a difference!
11:08
October 21, 2021
E4 - ReefCI Worm
E4 - ReefCI Worm
Reef Conservation International (ReefCI) gives you the opportunity to learn about reef ecosystems and help conserve and protect the reef by directly helping us with our marine conservation projects all while having a fun holiday/vacation! People coming on this type of volunteer experience have a shared passion for diving and ocean conservation, which makes for great group dynamics. We give you the unique opportunity to learn about and help conserve the coral reef and ocean while having a fun volunteer experience.  ReefCI trips are for beginners and experienced scuba divers and those wishing to become certified divers.  Everyone contributes regardless of their background or experience.  You will be spearing the invasive lionfish and participating in our other conservation dives and making a difference!
16:35
October 21, 2021
E3 - ReefCI Luis
E3 - ReefCI Luis
Meet Luis from Reef Conservation International (ReefCI) empowers you to take an active role in directly protecting and conserving our oceans that we love via our marine conservation projects and environmental education and awareness program. ReefCI’s conservation work is funded through environmentally minded eco-volunteers, like yourself, who go to their unique island in Belize to assist in our marine conservation projects that protect the underwater world we love. Without your help and funding, ReefCI would not be possible. Their volunteers truly are the change they wish to see in the world. Join ReefCI and make a difference!
19:52
October 21, 2021
E2 - Willie and Abby of ReefCI
E2 - Willie and Abby of ReefCI
Meet Willie and Abby of ReefCI. They work hard on a tiny little island about 25 miles south of Placencia, Belize. They do a great job and are wonderful people looking out for the reefs around the island by removing lionfish all week long! Reef Conservation International empowers you to take an active role in directly protecting and conserving our oceans that we love via our marine conservation projects and environmental education and awareness program. ReefCI’s conservation work is funded through environmentally minded eco-volunteers, like yourself, who come to our unique island in Belize to assist in their marine conservation projects that protect the underwater world we love. Without your help and funding, ReefCI would not be possible. Their volunteers truly are the change they wish to see in the world. Join them and make a difference!
22:54
October 20, 2021
E1 - ReefCI Introduction
E1 - ReefCI Introduction
I recently did some work on Tom Owen's Cay in Belize with ReefCI. It was an amazing experience then being off the grid working with everyone from the organization. https://reefci.com/
10:16
October 19, 2021
Introduction to the Lionfish Podcast
Introduction to the Lionfish Podcast
It’s About Education! Lionfish are invasive and in order to find real solutions to deal with them we need to continually educate the public. We are part of Lionfish Central, a 501(c)3 charitable organization dedicated to providing tools for all sectors of the lionfish community. We will use this platform as a way to educate about everything lionfish, We will also utilize this to make updates on the many projects we have going on throughout the 4 regions hit the hardest – The Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean Sea. Join us and help make a difference in saving the reefs and the reef fish that populate them!
01:58
August 27, 2021