Lionfish and Chips?
I recently came across a Facebook page, Lionfish University, dedicated to the hunting of this beautiful but invasive species. It is one of several pages focused on that same subject. Rebecca and I were discussing the last time that we saw a Lionfish and agreed that it was way back in Puerto Rico. Coincidentally though, just yesterday I just saw a post on Facebook where someone was looking to get some spear tips shipped to Grenada to help with culling Lionfish there. Admittedly, we haven’t done a ton of snorkeling in Grenada but even still, we have yet to come across one of these hard-to-mistake fishes.
One thing I find curious is that the Lionfish people are strongly promoting how to prepare them for consumption. While I’ve heard that they can be quite tasty, I’ve also read reports of the fish carrying Ciguatoxin. Even if the jury is still out on that, I’m pretty sure that we’d rather err on the side of caution and won’t be cooking up any Lionfish for dinner in areas prone to Ciguaterra. Grenada, to my knowledge, is not so afflicted so perhaps if we come across any Lionfish when we’re south of here, we’ll give it a try. Lionfish and Chips, anyone?