Eat the Invaders!
Lionfish are an invasive species from the Indian and Pacific Oceans. In recent years their numbers have caused serious problems to reef ecosystems in the Atlantic, Carribean and Gulf of Mexico. They decimate local fish populations by eating everything in sight. Unfortunately, lionfish have no natural predators… other than us and our hungry appetites.
It’s not easy to catch a lionfish, they’re notoriously unresponsive to bait. Divers catch them in nets or with spears, but that means few make it to market. I have been on a quest to get lionfish for The National and have finally found a source. We’re serving them tonight and hope to get more in the future. Help save the reefs by eating a tasty, but pesky fish.