The Ocean Support Foundation is dedicated to protecting Bermuda's reefs and ocean. The Foundation has initiated and supports a number of island projects utilizing its technical dive team's expertise and an army of volunteers. The Foundation is collaborating with government departments and the scientific community to conduct research and support numerous outreach programs for both student and adult audiences.
The Ocean Support Foundation's primary goal is to reduce the lionfish population in Bermuda's waters to a level that stops the devastating effects already being seen in the Caribbean and elsewhere in the northwestern Atlantic.
Bermuda's reefs are under attack. Lionfish are a major threat to our native marine species and can reduce populations of small fish on a reef by nearly 90%, in as little as five weeks. They are an invasive predatory species, only found naturally in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. They have no known predators in the northwestern Atlantic and because fish in this area do not recognize them as a threat, they are easy prey. If left unchecked, lionfish could wipe out future generations of fish and wreak havoc on our marine ecosystem with devastating effects to the island's economy.
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