The Lionfish invasion of the Carribean may just now be reaching St. Croix but the voracious predator is already firmly established in the Bahamas. To deal with the growing menace in the Bahamian islands, a new organization called the Lionfish Hunters has been created to teach recreational divers and spearfishermen how to catch, handle and cook lionfish. The video above shows a couple daring would-be lionfish hunters spearing and preparing Lionfish. Although the participants are initially reluctant about the meal they have prepared, a quick taste test reveals that Pterois volitans is really good eatin’ and that it tastes just like chicken. If the lionfish can go from first sighting to dinner fare in less than a decade, it’s not out of the question that another ten years we’ll all be eating McLionfish sandwiches.
Jake Adams has been an avid marine aquarist since the mid 90s and has worked in the retail side of the marine aquarium trade for more than ten years. He has a bachelor’s degree in Marine Science and has been the managing editor of ReefBuilders.com since 2008. Jake is interested in every facet of the marine aquarium hobby from the concepts to the technology, rare fish to exotic corals, and his interests are well documented through a very prolific career of speaking to reef clubs and marine aquarium events, and writing articles for aquarium publications across the globe. His primary interest is in corals which Jake pursues in the aquarium hobby as well as diving the coral reefs of the world.