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The park also provides designated critical habitat for communities of federally-listed elkhorn and staghorn coral. The park also protects a small sampling of largely low-profile submerged cultural resources. Visitor Experience Between 800,000 and 900,000 people visit Virgin Islands National Park annually, with peak visitation occurring from December to April. Though local populations do frequent the park, the majority of traffic comes from off-island visitors arriving from local resorts, short-term rentals, organized tours, and Lionfish Response Plan 25 cruise ships.
Safe Boating Practices Departmental Manual Many lionfish response activities require the operation of boats. S. cfm? relnum=3912 (DM stands for Departmental Manual). Worker Training and Handouts Staff workers involved in lionfish management must receive training in safe work practices. This training should include a thorough review of the impacts of lionfish on park values, of the potential hazards associated with their specific work, of applicable JHAs and other pertinent information. This training must be completed before staff members are allowed to work on lionfish projects.
Detection and Reporting If logistically feasible, park staff should assess for the presence, distribution, and density of lionfish either through systematic lionfish monitoring or in the course of other in-water work. Searches should be as detailed as possible to detect this cryptic species that tends to avoid open areas, preferring overhangs, caves, ledges, wrecks, and artificial habitat. However, small lionfish may be common in seagrass beds and other areas with limited structural shelter (M.
The Invasive Lionfish: Assessments and Impact Management by Harris A. Sullivan