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Reef Environmental Education Foundation

98300 Overseas Hwy

Key Largo, Florida 33037

United States

Company Description

REEF was founded in 1990 out of growing concern about the health of the marine environment, and the desire to provide the scuba diving community a way to contribute to the understanding and protection of marine life populations. REEF volunteers have assis ... more

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Director of Special Projects

Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF)


Gulf and South Atlantic Regional Panel on Aquatic Invasive Species

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Lad Akins | Scott and Patti Chandler | Andy Dehart | Ned and Anna DeLoach | Carlos and Allison Estape | Tracey Griffin | Peter Hughes |

Lad Akins
Lad, REEF's Director of Special Projects, is known as the leading expert on invasive species, specifically lionfish. He served as the Founding Executive Director of REEF and led the organization in that capacity for 16 years, helping to design and develop REEF's widely recognized marine conservation programs. In 2005, he stepped down to focus his efforts solely on the lionfish invasion. A professional diver and Coast Guard Captain, Lad has successfully bridged the gap between science academia, management, commercial interests and the public. His broad perspective includes consulting numerous state, federal, and international boards, panels, and working groups on management of invasive lionfish. His current focus is on addressing the lionfish invasion including developing and implementing research, outreach, training, and control programs throughout the region. He has helped develop many of the lionfish control programs and practices throughout the invaded range.

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First is a Lionfish Trip to the Turks and Caicos next Spring with REEF Director of Special Projects Lad Akins. A lot has been happening with this pivotal environmental situation, and REEF has been at the forefront, gathering data, coordinating research and educating the public on the issues.

By Lad Akins, REEF Director of Operations
Lad Akins, REEF Director of Special Projects, recently co-authored a paper summarizing work documenting feeding patterns of lionfish in the Bahamas. Understanding the predation behavior of this invasive species is important to be able to predict and mitigate the effects of Indo-Pacific lionfish (Pterois volitans) on Caribbean fish communities. Lad and his colleagues at Simon Frasier University studied the activity levels and prey consumption rates of lionfish on 12 shallow coral reefs in the Bahamas in relation to time of day and prey availability.
May 26-June 2 (SOLD OUT) - Sun Dancer II, Belize - Lionfish Control Study, led by Lad Akins, REEF Director of Special Projects and Peter Hughes.
July 14-21 - Lionfish workshop in Dominica - Dive Dominica and Anchorage Hotel, led by Lad Akins, REEF Director of Special Projects.

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