Person of the Week

Person of the Week2023-03-10T12:08:59-05:00

Lionfish Person of the Week

  • Wessley Merten tagging Mahi

Wessley Merten

Wessley is dedicated to the conservation and enhancement of marine fisheries and ocean habitats and the coastal communities they support.

  • Carly Bond hunting lionfish

Carly Bond

Carly is a passionate scuba diver who continues to be amazed by our beautiful reefs. She started lionfish hunting about 3 years ago and has made it a mission to help engage and educate more divers about the growing problem.

  • Ryan Hawks with his lionfish catch of the day

Ryan Hawks

Ryan enjoys teaching the community lionfish awareness and how to support their efforts to protect our reefs and fisheries from the lionfish invasion.

  • Kami Hawks scuba diving

Kami Hawks

Kami is making a powerful impact in protecting our precious oceans through lionfish hunting and education.

  • Robert Renfrow holding a lionfish

Robert Renfrow

Robert is educating as many people as he can on the importance of our underwater environment and the biodiversity that requires it to remain healthy to survive, thus giving humanity a better chance at survival.

  • James Troughton lionfish hunting

James Troughton

James is educating students, local residents, and tourist visitors about the invasive impact of lionfish by leading them through dissections to discover their venomous risk, gaping mouth capable of consuming prey up to half of their body length and discovering what prey species lionfish are predating upon.

  • Julie Philbert holding tray of lionfish

Julie Philbert

Julie is educating the masses about lionfish through entertaining social media content. She is also working to expose the general public to the invasive nature of lionfish and provide information to divers interested in assisting with eradication efforts.

  • David Skinner lionfish hunting

David Skinner

David Skinner is a US Marine Corps Vet and SSI Master Diver/SCR/CCR Diver that loves to travel to hunt lionfish.

  • Dick de Bruin and Roger Muller, Jr.

Dick de Bruin

Dick de Bruin has been developing his underwater photography and filming skills to visualize the lionfish problem for anyone who is not yet convinced that all life on the coral reef is seriously threatened by the lionfish.

  • Jean-Marc Claes

Jean-Marc Claes

Jean-Marc Claes travels by sailyacht and scuba dives the world, he is looking at the relations between sharks and lionfish, old and new. They take guests onboard, teach them and let them participate in all adventures they undertake.

  • Willie Caal lionfish hunting

Willie Caal

Willie is passionate about the ocean and made a decision to help protect what he loves. Willie is ReefCI’s general manger, science coordinator, marine biologist, and PADI Dive Instructor in Placencia Belize.

  • Viktor Popov holding lionfish

Viktor Popov

Viktor organizes trips to Alaska, Florida Keys and the Bahamas. He makes unforgettable memories for his customers, who later become friends. While scuba diving their goal is to clean up the reef from garbage, plastics and Lionfish.

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