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New Strategy to Halt Lionfish Invasion – Eat ‘Em!

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Lionfish photograph. The fish is swimming toward the left of the screen. The blurred background is coral rock on a bed of sand.

We see great menus on Caribbean yacht charter boats, but we’re not sure this next recipe hits with yacht charter chefs:

Florida marine conservationists have a simple “recipe.”   They say, EAT the lionfish!

With few natural predators, Lionfish rapidly spread throughout the Caribbean and Atlantic waters.  They voraciously prey on local fish, shrimp, and crab populations across the region and in Florida.  Lionfish are a huge risk to world-famous coral reefs of the south.

Bahamas yacht charter clients constantly see these venomous creatures.  

The Key Largo-based REEF conservation organization released “The Lionfish Cookbook.”  It is a  collection of 45 recipes to combat the red lionfish.

With no government funds available to provide bounties or removal programs, conservationists hope to create a commercial demand for the fish.

“It’s absolutely good eating — a delicacy. It’s delicately-flavored white meat, very buttery,” boasts Lad Akins.  He is the director of special projects for the Reef Environmental Education Foundation. Akins authored the cookbook along with professional chef Tricia Ferguson.

Researchers believe that Hurricane Andrew caused Red Lionfish to invade Florida waters in 1992.  During that year, an aquarium broke and at least six fish spilled into Miami’s Biscayne Bay.

The cookbook not only shares useful tips on collecting, handling, and preparing lionfish, but also provides expert background on its ecological impact.


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