José Ugalde

José Ugalde holding a lionfish

Association, Company, Affiliations: Association of artisanal fishermen of the South Caribbean

Location: Limón Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Your favorite quote: The best lionfish is eaten with patacón.

Your message or mission statement: Our mission is to control the lionfish invasion while improving the living conditions of fishermen and protecting the Caribbean reef system and giving species a chance to recover.

Your latest endeavors and where they take place: Currently we are carrying out our efforts together with the countries of Panama, Colombia and Mexico where we are developing a network of countries that wish to join and in about two years inject funds to control the growing reproduction of this species.

What efforts are you most proud of? The creation of an event that is held annually and this year will be the ninth edition where divers from all over the world also participate in the creation of a database of what it eats and what other species it affects.

Anything else you’d like us to know? That we invite you to be part of the great network of lionfish controllers, write to and participate in the forums and debates that will take place during the next year.

José Ugalde and lionfish hunting friends
Lionfish display in Costa Rica
lionfish catch
José Ugalde eating lionfish
What was inside a lionfish stomach
José Ugalde educating about lionfish
José Ugalde and lionfish hunters

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