Lionfish on the increase ... and on the menu
Fishermen caught 32 lionfish in a weekend tournament aimed at highlighting their threat to Bermudas marine ecosystem.
The Groundswell Lionfish Tournament was held in partnership with Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences.
Matthew Strong, of Groundswell, said: Because there were only four fish caught in the first tournament, and last weekend we caught 32, this is anecdotal evidence that lionfish numbers are increasing in Bermudas waters. We need to tackle this issue. We appreciate the tremendous turnout for this tournament.
Lionfish are native to the Pacific Ocean but have been popping up in the Atlantic more and more frequently in recent years. Lionfish reproduce incredibly fast and males can fertilise up to 30,000 eggs at one time.
Bermudas marine species do not recognise the lionfish as a predator and therefore do not try to escape them. As a result, many of Bermudas marine species are being consumed at an alarming rate.
Although venomous, if prepared in the correct way they can be eaten, and make for a very tasty meal.
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