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BLOG REVISITED

In 2010, we took a look at efforts to control the invasion of lionfish in the Florida Keys.   Recent reports paint a disturbing picture – efforts to control the population have not been successful.  

 

LIONFISH INVASION HURTING NATIVE POPULATION

According to Oregon State scientist Stephanie Green, “There is strong evidence that the lionfish is having negative effects on the native population.  We don’t see any signal that anything is controlling lionfish population.”

Photo of a red and white lionfish swimming over a reef in dark green water

 

 

THE PROBLEM

The problem is simple – lionfish, native to the western Pacific Ocean, have no natural predators in the
Atlantic Ocean. They live up to 15 years, and one female can produce as many as 2 million eggs in one year.

COMPANY PRESIDENT, JANA SHEEDER, COMMENTS

“Many of our Florida yacht charter clients, as well as many bareboat charterers, are avid divers,” reports Jana Sheeder, President and Owner of 1-800 Yacht Charters. “We are hearing more and more tales of multiple lionfish on the reefs in the Florida Keys, as well as the in the cruising grounds in the nearby Bahamas.”

WHAT IS OUR OPTION?

So far, the only viable option to attempt to control the invasion remains the same – eat them!  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association continues to recommend aggressive efforts to harvest and consume lionfish. 

OUR SUGGESTION

So, next time you are at your favorite seafood restaurant, instead of ordering an overfished item like tuna, see if lionfish is on the menu! Enjoy a delicious meal AND make a difference!

 

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Lionfish Invasion Strategy – Eat ‘Em!

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WHAT IS WITH THE LIONFISH INVASION?

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

 

THE LIONFISH 

We see great menus on Caribbean yacht charter boats.  We are not sure this next recipe hits with yacht charter chefs, however.

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

 

WHERE ARE LIONFISH  FOUND?

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

Bahamas yacht charter clients constantly see these venomous creatures.  

 

REEF CONSERVATION HAS A SOLUTION

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

There are no government funds available to provide bounties or removal programs.  Conservationists hope to therefore 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.   In fact, he directs special projects for the Reef Environmental Education Foundation.  Akins authored the cookbook. He co-authored with professional chef, Tricia Ferguson.

 

HOW DID LIONFISH GET HERE?

Hurricane Andrew in 1992 – and as a result, an aquarium.   Researchers believe that Hurricane Andrew caused red Lionfish to invade Florida waters.  Specifically, an aquarium broke.  At least six lionfish spilled into Miami’s Biscayne Bay.  With no known predators, they freely breed and decimate sea creatures and corals.  It seems like such a small thing to happen.  It just goes to show you that 6 fish can destroy the ecology. Please be mindful of releasing exotic species.

The cookbook shares useful tips on collecting, handling, and preparing lionfish.  Furthermore, it provides expert background on its ecological impact.

 

HOW TO RENT A YACHT — AND EAT GOURMET MEALS

Are you ready to explore the Caribbean? Want to taste some delicious lionfish menu items?  Click https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ today.  We look forward to planning The Superyacht Experience™ for you!

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