Person of the Week2021-07-26T12:02:56-04:00

Lionfish Person of the Week

  • James Alicea holding a lionfish

James Alicea

James Alicea is working with other countries in establishing lionfish extermination programs to manage their local reef systems, as well as providing equipment and education to less fortunate lionfish hunters in remote locations.

  • Richard Periut, M.D. and Roger J. Muller, Jr.

Dr. Richard Periut, M.D.

Richard Periut, M.D. hopes to eradicate the pervasive Lionfish from waters in which they don't belong and enjoys eating the Lionfish caught in Aruba by friend Roger J. Muller Jr.

  • Nick Vogelaar Diving

Nick Vogelaar

Nick Vogelaar, a rescue diver, associated with Caribbean Lionfish Alliance & Pure Diving Aruba helps to remove lionfish on the rough side of Aruba.

  • Emily Schutz

Emily Schutz

Emily Schutz is a journalism student who recently wrote an article was about the community effort in reducing the invasive lionfish population. She interviewed experts, fishermen, and marine life organizations throughout Florida and elsewhere.

  • Jared Casperson and Roger J. Muller, Jr.

Jared Casperson

Jared Casperson, PADI Dive Master, was part of a local grassroots effort to help maintain and control the lionfish initiative in Aruba.

  • Johan Kwidama holding 2 lionfish

Johan Kwidama

Johan Kwidama's mission is to help each other keep the ocean clean & free from invasive lionfish on the beautiful Island of Aruba.

  • Mark Primo Miller holding lionfish

Mark Primo Miller

Captain Mark Primo Miller is currently doing ongoing Rig/Wreck Diving in the North Gulf of Mexico and also holds First Place Largest Lionfish at the Pensacola Classic Lionfish Tournament on October 6, 2019.

  • Houston George holding lionfish

Houston George

I mostly dive and hunt lionfish out of Pensacola Florida. We have won or placed in multiple lionfish tournaments over the last few years and will continue to do our part to slow the invasion of Lionfish on every dive.

  • Adam Wise hunting lionfish

Adam Wise

Adam Wise is an instructor/divemaster with Niuhi Dive Charters and is working on becoming a USCG certified Captain and getting his yacht broker license.

  • Ed Egan holding a lionfish

Ed Egan

Ed Egan is one of the founding members of the Aruba LionFish Initiative Foundation. Starting about 5 years ago, we began to formulate and implement a LionFish Management Plan for Aruba. Since then the "idea" has become a reality and we have effectively raised awareness of the threat that this invasive species poses to Aruba's fragile reefs.

  • Kelsey M. Muller holding a lionfish

Kelsey Muller

Kelsey Muller is helping the marine environment by removing invasive lionfish before they cause devastating damage.

  • Shad Ferguson holding lionfish catch of the day

Shad Ferguson

During his time in Barbados, while working at the American Embassy, Shad hunted lionfish to help teach the locals about this invasive fish. In turn, the locals taught him a lot more than he was able to research on his own.

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