Lionfish spearing marine conservation in Belize
Description of Lionfish spearing marine conservation in Belize
There’s an invasive predator lurking in the dark depths of the Caribbean that’s making a meal of the indigenous species that have no natural means of defending themselves. This is where you come in.
Grab a spear and dive into the warm waters surrounding a remote island in Belize as you go in search of lionfish and help to protect the marine ecology that’s vital for maintaining the health of the southern Belize barrier reef.
Lionfish spearing is a form of marine conservation that readdresses the natural order of things and gives native species a fighting chance of survival against a predator that has nothing to fear in Belize other than our crack squad of eco-warriors.
Although this is not a job for the feint hearted it is an amazing experience and places you on the front line in the battle to save the reef.
Hunting, spearing, dissecting and eventually eating lionfish can be really exciting and joining a small group of volunteers offers you an opportunity to make new friends, take part in a dedicated marine conservation programme and learn more about this beautifully remote region of Belize.
If you’re prepared to eat a fish then you should also be prepared to catch and kill it. Lionfish are not only aggressive predators they’re also rather tasty so nothing goes to waste after you’ve experienced the thrill of the chase.
In their own environment, the Pacific, the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean, lionfish are part of a healthy marine ecology; in the Atlantic and Caribbean, however, they’re not. In fact, the very indigenous species in Belize that lionfish eat are the very ones who are vital for keeping the reef alive and well.
Aside from lionfish spearing you’ll also be invited to keep track of lobsters, conch and whale sharks as well as taking part in coral reef and commercial fish research which is also an important part of marine conservation in Belize.
Come and stay for a week, a fortnight or a month where you’ll join a volunteer team committed to saving the world’s second largest barrier reef whilst staying on a remote coral caye as well as having an absolutely amazing experience along the way.
This tailor made holiday gives you the opportunity to live in a stunning tropical environment and join a team of volunteers who are making a massive difference to eradicating lionfish from Belize for once and for all.
PADI Dive Courses Offered on the Island
We have many dive courses available to help you develop your scuba and marine conservation skills while on the island volunteering with us. Below is the price our program charges for each PADI certification course and how long it will take you to complete the certification course on the island. Please note the Open, Advanced, Rescue, and Dive Master certifications require the PADI e-Learning prior to arrival.
• PADI Open Water Certification – $150 USD (3 days)
• PADI Advanced Open Water Certification – $200 USD (1 week)
• PADI Rescue Diver Certification – $250 USD (1 week)
• PADI Dive Master Certification – $400 USD (4 week minimum stay)
• PADI Specialty Course: Invasive Lionfish – $100 USD (3 days)
• PADI Specialty Course: Coral Reef Conservation – $100 USD (3 days)
• PADI Specialty Course: Fish Identification – $100 USD (3 days)
• PADI Specialty Course: Deep Diver – $100 USD (3 days)
• PADI Specialty Course: Emergency First Response – $100 USD (2 days)
4 Reviews of Lionfish spearing marine conservation in Belize
Reviewed on 05 Mar 2021 by Charles VaughanThis is one of the best holidays I have ever been on. The island is very well organised, there is no pressure to go diving and you can relax at times instead. The staff are all very knowledgeable with regards to diving and the local area. If time allowed I would certainly return in the future. Read full review
Reviewed on 20 May 2018 by Lynda HughesFeeling that you are contributing to the sea environment. Waking up to the beautiful sunrise and seeing the lovely sunset. Living on a tiny island for a short time. Read full review
Reviewed on 30 Aug 2014 by Ulrike KachelThe best diving holiday I did so far and it will be hard to beat. I learned so much about fish identification and substrates and this makes diving much more enjoyable. Read full review
Reviewed on 06 Oct 2013 by Eric StrobelThe entire trip was a blast! Multiple dives per day without another diver in sight, unspoiled beauty of the amazing reef, incredible food, etc. etc. Everything about this trip was memorable and exciting! Read full review
PlanetWe are a not for profit marine conservation company that focus on conserving the environment by using recreational divers to sustain the organisation. The vision is to help conserve the environment whilst offering the ‘holiday diver’ a chance to put something back into the environment and at the same time obtaining a well earned break.
We are working alongside the Belizean Department of Fisheries and local NGO’s to monitor and maintain the marine environment of the Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve, Southern Belize. Work includes the surveying and monitoring of commercial species such as lobster and conch, surveying and helping to protect the spawning fish aggregations, water quality testing, turtle conservation, MBRS surveys and Reef Check surveys for long term global studies and analysis. We are active members of PADI Project AWARE Coral Watch and Whale Shark programmes and also work with Belizean based Ecomar to help remove the invasive non-native lionfish from Belizean waters.
PeopleWe bring tourists to the area who spend money in restaurants, local stores and with tour guides. All of our supplies are bought locally from the market and general stores.
We also spend money with local businesses such as the mechanic who maintains our boat. It is important to us our guests integrate into the local community. Our guests use local tour guides to see the town and surrounding area which is beautiful and rarely seen. Alot of our guests visit some of the mayan sites and comment how they are the only people there! We employ Belizean people and we run a training program for the youths of Toledo where we give young people the chance to become Dive Masters and thus obtain well paid jobs in the touristy resorts such as San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. We also sponsor a local football team and assist in beach cleans whenever possible.