if you miss the UVI Emerging Caribbean Symposium last September, here is a GIS map of CORE dives in St. Croix, VI from 2009-2011 that was presented by Shelsa Marcel (funded by NIH). A total of 87 dives and 654 lionfish removed.
The CORE Foundation would like to thank each and every one of you for all your hard work and for your selfless sacrifice of money and time to make our program the great success that it is. You have not only made it work here at home, but the CORE program has expanded outside our territory, allowing us to help other areas build their own Lionfish in-water management, public awareness, and education programs as well.
We continue to spread the word on the Lionfish issue and are working diligently to share our efforts to slow the invasive expansion to our Caribbean neighbors. You all will be happy to know that the Caribbean Lionfish Response Program is now the largest Lionfish eradication/education program on the planet, and this is much due to your generous time and effort. People constantly thank me for what I and CORE are doing and I and all of our CORE staff always respond the same way; “this program only works because of the local community’s who participate and support CORE.” This program is nothing without the people in the USVI and abroad that have given their blood, sweat, and tears to the cause. So once again – Thank You All – for your involvement and help with our program.
On behalf of the CORE Foundation, we wish to express our heartfelt sympathy to Joe’s family. As most of you know, Joe (our fearless leader, President and Founder) passed away last Saturday. Joe is the heart and soul of the CORE Foundation and his vision has created a significant ripple effect, not only in St. Croix but also in the entire Virgin Islands and the Caribbean. We want to let everyone know that we are in the process of regrouping in hopes to continue the work he started. We have a new set of officers and we are still trying to tie loose ends on what Joe has left. Please be patient with us as we move forward.