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A record catch of 72 lionfish were landed during the weekend's Groundswell Lionfish Tournament based at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS).

The event attracted 94 participants on eight lionfish catching teams, all of them using spears.

The tournament was designed to help rid local waters of the lionfish which they can be eaten. Those taking part were given the opportunity to eat and learn how to prepare lionfish.

Of the fish that were speared over half were cooked by chefs.

Groundswell is a charity that has organised the tournament since it began in 2009 as part of their ‘Eat ‘em to Beat ‘em' campaign to raise awareness for the growing lionfish population in Bermuda's oceans.

Lionfish are an invasive species which feed off many of the reef organisms and can easily disrupt the reef ecosystem.

Matthew Strong the co-director of Groundswell said: “We were happy with the event as we had more fish caught, more people attend and more people on the water than ever before.”

“We want to encourage people about the problem all year round.

“If we want to fight against the lionfish we'll need the support of the people.

“This is just one event we do; we do other awareness projects for not just lionfish but the whole marine environment. We want to do something similar for the winter as well but we haven't planned it out yet.”

Photo by Nicola Muirhead Chefs made delicious plates of food with all the dangerous invasive, the Pacific lionfish caught during the Groundswell Lionfish Tournament on Saturday at BIOS, in tune with the motto of the event - 'Eat 'Em to Beat 'Em'.
The lionfish hunters stand proudly up on stage after spending a full day hunting the invasive species surrounding Bermuda's reefs, on Saturday July 19th. (Photo by Nicola Muirhead)
The Lionfish Tournament was a great success, where members of the community hunted this invasive species along Bermuda's delicate reefs. The fish were then cooked and eaten at the Bios Station. (Photo by Nicola Muirhead)
Mo Hamza and his daughter, Isabelle Chambers-Hamza, enjoyed the festivities at the Lionfish Tournament where families enjoyed catching and eating the invasive fish as part of the 'Eay'Em to Beat'Em' movement. (Photo by Nicola Muirhead)
Spencer Butterfield and his son, Cruz Butterfield, enjoyed the festivities at the Lionfish Tournament where families enjoyed catching and eating the invasive fish as part of the 'Eay'Em to Beat'Em' movement. (Photo by Nicola Muirhead)
Children watch in amazement at the lionfish handling demonstration at the Lionfish Tournament at the Bios Stations this Saturday, where members of the community went out to hunt the invasive species in Bermuda's surrounding reefs. (Photo by Nicola Muirhead)

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Published July 22, 2014 at 9:00 am (Updated July 22, 2014 at 12:25 am)

Groundswell in record Lionfish catch

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