In yesterday’s post I commented below one of the pics that I was taking a shot at a lionfish while spear fishing. This fish, considered an invasive species in the Bahamas, has an interesting story. The marine biologist who gave us a tour back on Lee Stocking Island told us how it is believed that the fish, native to the Pacific and Indian Oceans, found their way into these waters from domestic fish tanks which spilled over during Hurricane Andrew. Although beautiful, these fish have very few, if any, natural predators here and thus could be a risk to the indigenous species of the Bahamas. For this reason, spear fishers are encouraged to take as many of these fish as they can. We have even read about organized derbies/contests which focus on their capture.
We have yet to try lionfish but its meat is reported to be very tasty. The fish have venomous spines but once they are removed, they can be cleaned as any other fish. The following video describes how to safely handle and clean the lionfish.
Want to know more about lionfish? Check out this well-written FAQ.