RECENT LIONFISH HUNT MOST SUCCESSFUL TO DATEFriday 31st January 2014
Rory Butler of The Antigua Observer reports on last weekend's Lionfish hunt:
ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The Antigua Conservation Society – ACS – is claiming its biggest success yet in attempts to control the invasive lionfish.
The non-native lionfish has no natural predators and consumes so much that it threatens many species.
Organizer Eli Fuller says 138 were caught in the third hunt on Sunday – making it the most successful yet.
The ACS teamed up with Mamora Bay Divers to host the event in which 10 teams took part.
The Fisheries Division supported the cull and prizes came from the beach resort St. James’s Club and other companies.
North Sound was targeted along with areas between Johnson’s Point and St James’s Club. The team captained by Carlo Falcone took top honors with 36 lionfish killed.
The next lionfish hunt, which is set for March 2014, will include a cook-off.
The suggestion that eating lionfish could be a way to help control its spread has largely been ignored by the public in Antigua and Barbuda. Those who have tried it, however, reportedly love the taste.
The people already preparing and serving lionfish say removing the poisonous spines gets rid of all the danger and makes the fish completely edible.
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