The RELIONMED-Life project’s final event (the two half-day, online Lionfish Workshop) was held on the 10th and 11th of February 2022. The event was organised by the project and was supported by the “European Alien Species Information Network (EASIN)”. On the first day, the results of the project were presented to the participants, while on the second day, speakers from Mediterranean and Western Atlantic countries shared their knowledge and experiences, including information on policy and successful practices from other invaded areas. A description of the presentations can be found in the Book of Abstracts!
The workshop was an educational and interesting event that informed both stakeholders and the general public. It, also, gave the opportunity to scientists, policy-makers, managers and other key stakeholders from different countries to contribute to discussions that left everyone with food for thought on future actions and initiated proposals for future collaborations between the participants. Around 140 people participated in the two-day event, while it is important to mention that amongst them were, also, officers from the “Department of Fisheries and Marine Research”, Cyprus.
Discussions were made on monitoring and controlling/managing lionfish and other invasive species, the socio-economic impacts and the integration of lionfish in the market, the awareness on lionfish, its inclusion in the European Union priority list, the EU regulation on Invasive Alien Species, the importance of citizen science and more.
The RELIONMED-Life Team greatly thanks both the speakers and the audience for participating in the event and for sharing their insights on all matters discussed, as well as the EASIN for supporting the event.