Dan Rather along with a film crew and a team of producers visited Cape Eleuthera last week to film a piece about lionfish. The piece is for his show on HDNet, Dan Rather Reports. He visited the Cape to see first-hand both the extent of and learn the effects of the lionfish invasion and what is being done in response. Rather's visit coincided with researchers Lad Akins and Stephanie Green's being on campus to conduct their ongoing lionfish research at the Cape Eleuthera Institute.
The film crew spent an entire day on boats visiting reefs and filming with Akins and Green, as well as with CEI's own lionfish researchers Annabelle Oronti and Skylar Miller. The piece, which will air in the next couple of weeks on HDNet, will feature interviews and footage from in the field. Last month, the New York Times featured a piece on the lionfish invasion in Atlantic and Caribbean waters, and Rather's visit to report on them underscores the importance of the issue and the work being done at CEI to understand and deal with the problem.