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HW-23 STUDY AND CONTROL UNDESIRED INVASIVE SPECIES IN THE SJBE

 

Update 2017: A study was conducted in 2008 to examine the distribution, abundance patterns, and ecological and social impacts of the invasive green iguana (Iguana iguana) in the San Juan Bay Estuary (SJBE) ecosystem. Another project conducted a rapid assessment survey in 2010 studied the Spectacled Caiman (Caiman crocodilus), its distribution and abundance within the San Juan Bay Estuary (SJBE) area. In order to accomplish this objective, a rapid assessment survey consisting of fieldwork and interviews was implemented. SJBEP started a lionfish population control program during fiscal year 2015-2016 following field capture techniques recommendations from the DNER, Sea Grant College Program and NOAA. The personnel performed lionfish population censuses before and after capture activities. Trained volunteers to become citizen scientist, performed lionfish capture activities for population control and a lionfish degustation. Currently working on implementing an educational campaign on the impacts to marine fauna from the lionfish (Pterois volitans), including strategies for the species capture and consumption.

 

23.1 Identify areas within the SJBE where impacts from the green iguana (Iguana iguana) and spectacled caiman (Caiman crocodilis) have been observed and documented. Participants in implementation: PRDNER, SJBEP, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)–Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

 

Implementation: Short-term

 

23.2 Develop and implement strategies for controlling the population of the green iguana (Iguana iguana) and spectacled caiman (Caiman crocodilus) in areas identified in strategy 23.1. Participants in implementation: Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico, PRDNER, SJBEP, USFWS

 

Implementation: Medium-term

 

23.3 Implement an educational campaign on the impacts to marine fauna from the lionfish (Pterois volitans), including strategies for the species capture and consumption. Participants in implementation: NOAA, PR Sea Grant Program, PRDNER, SJBEP.

 

Implementation: Short and medium-term.

 

23.4 Compile needed information on the presence of undesired aquatic invasive species in the SJBE and invasive land species undocumented as of the date of the CCMP revision. As part of this study, identify impacts, or possible impacts, to the SJBE’s flora and fauna. Participants in implementation: SJBEP, PRDNER, USFWS, USGS, UPR

 

Implementation: Short and medium-term

 

23.5 Develop and implement strategies for controlling the population of species identified in strategy 23.4 if significant impacts to SJBE flora and fauna are shown to be occurring. Participants in implementation: SJBEP, PRDNER, USFWS, USGS, UPR

 

Implementation: Medium and long-term

 

23.6 Carry out a detailed study on undesired aquatic species that arrive via ballast tanks on ships docking in San Juan harbor. It is estimated that some seven thousand species of organisms, including fish, algae, crustaceans, mollusks, virus, and bacteria are transported in the ballast tanks of ships around the world. Participants in implementation: SJBEP, PRDNER, USFWS, USGS, and USCG

 

Implementation: Medium and long-term