Originally Posted by transmitterdan
I agree with Mark that killing them isn't going to help much. It is fun and they taste good grilled in butter. But less than 1% of their habitat is visited by humans so killing them isn't a viable extermination plan.
I fear there is no way to get rid of them but if you spear some try feeding a few juveniles to the groupers. In the Pacific, grouper eat lion fish. There is no reason they could not learn the same in the Caribe.
I've read everything that Dr. James Morris has written (the foremost marine
biologist studying them in the Carolinas) and so far no one has come up with a viable way to commercially fish for them. In one of his articles he pointed out that Atlantic grouper will starve before they will try to eat a lionfish. Anyone that figures this out will make a fortune. The biologists studying them don't even know how to scuba
dive, but hire divers to help them with their research
Lionfish reproduce prodigiously, have no natural predators and can eat half their weight in juvenile reef fish per day. In NC, the larger ones that are good eating size are found at depths where scuba diving
to spear them isn't profitable even if 25 pounds per dive are speared. It's pretty easy to get stung trying to spear a bunch of them on one dive, guys I've talked to that have experienced a sting say it is painful beyond imagination. An exotic delicacy, some local restaurants will pay $18 a pound in the Outer Banks
for them. The government
is trying various ways to coax lionfish into being taken by traps or hook and line, without success thus far.