Research project LIONHARE: Development of innovative measures to document, map and mitigate populations of the invasive species silverstriped blaasop (Lagocephalus sceleratus) and Lionfish species (Pterois sp.) in the Greek seas. (ΟΠΣ) : 5049087
Coordinated by the Institute of Marine Biological Resources and Inland Waters (HCMR). Participants: HCMR ( IMBRIW, IMBBC, IO), University of Crete, Patras University.
The current research study shall create new knowledge and innovative tools to battle the species under investigation, but also future dangerous or space-conquering invasive species. The objectives of the study include the development of innovative approaches to identify and map the distribution of the invasive silverstripe blaasop and lionfish species in the Greek seas, as well as the evaluation of tools that would allow controlling the size of their populations. These species have invaded the Mediterranean through the Suez Canal, and have built up large populations in many areas of the Greek seas, while continuing to spread, with negative impacts on the fisheries and the marine environment. Methods and innovative tools to be developed, would –under the right adjustments- also be used to monitor and address similar questions for other invasive marine species.
More info at: lionhare.hcmr.gr