The Core Foundation

Caribbean Lionfish Response | United States Virgin Islands

February 12, 2011
by nolionfish

New CORE T-Shirts

Thanks to Karl Pytlik, our Program Director and Dive Coordinator on St. John who designed these T-Shirts, and LA Yacht Charters the top Los Angeles Yacht Rental and Newport Beach Yacht Rental Company for sponsoring us,  they are now being made available to the public. We had a great response from divers and the public at both public presentations that were held on STJ and STT and sold almost every one we had. If you are interested in purchasing a T-Shirt please send an e-mail, put New T-Shirt in the Subject Line and your name, size, and contact information in the body of the e-mail. The men’s shirts are $20.00 from Small to XL and a $1.00 extra per X for any sizes larger than XL. (XXL=$21.00, XXXL=$22.00) The Lady’s Tank tops are $22.00 (don’t ask why they are more, I can’t figure it out either, hmmm) send e-mail to your local CORE Program Director on your island.

Please put T Shirt in the Subject Line

Include your Name, Size and Contact Information in the Body of the e-mail.

Note: For those who live in the USA it cost us $10.00 to send them to you, but know that 100% of the proceeds are used for the Caribbean Lionfish Response Program and to help the citizens of the USVI.

February 9, 2011
by nolionfish

Wrist Coils for Snorkelers Finally Arriving

The CORE Visitor Lionfish Identification Program was designed for all visiting divers and snorkelers that visit the USVI allowing them to participate in the Caribbean Lionfish Response Program. To date we have printed close to a 1000 of these cards and distributed them across the Territory. We had a hard time finding a way to make it easy for the snorkelers to wear the card while they were enjoying are beautiful underwater world, but finally received these sample wrist coils last week which will work perfect for the snorkelers. We also were able to get the divers the best fins for snorkeling. For the divers the cards are being attached to the SPG’s, which makes it very easy for the diver to use and identify Lionfish. We have had great feedback from not only the dive shops that are using the cards on their SPG’s, but the public as well. The visiting divers have been thankful for the cards and happy to participate and help out in the Caribbean Lionfish Response Program. CORE will be ordering 500 of these wrist coils to be distributed across the Territory and will be made available to all Snorkel Tour Companies in the USVI. As with all of CORE’s Educational material, these are supplied at No Charge to the end user. Whether you’re a Dive Shop or Snorkel Tour Company in the USVI, if you would like to participate in this program and have not received these cards, please write your local CORE Program Director on your island.

Please put Visitor Lionfish Identification Program in the Subject Line

February 6, 2011
by nolionfish

Starting at the top

This is simply an awesome photo! Great job Ky!!! Yes most of us start with small Lionfish, 2”, 4” and 6” as we perfect our techniques as response divers, but not Ky! Talk about starting at the TOP, this was Ky’s first Lionfish that she removed on a CORE search and removal dive that took place last Sunday. The fish was almost 14” long and almost as big as her…. Again, Great Job Ky!