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Old 08-01-2014, 14:33   #1
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Bahamas Lionfish

Two years ago, my wife & I went diving off of Nassau. I was amazed at the amount of Lionfish, & lack of other reef fish. What is the Lionfish population like in the Exumas or Abacos?
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Re: Bahamas Lionfish

This summer in the ragged's we killed an average of one per snorkel trip. If everyone did this we could make a difference. They are easy to spear and safe to remove using your fins.
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Thanks Dave! Reading a thread about lobster & conch this morning got me thinking about the Lionfish. Every hole I looked into was occupied by a Lionfish. I was hoping that they had not spread across the entire Bahamas chain.
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Re: Bahamas Lionfish

Kill them, kill them, kill them!

But you don't have to let them waste. They are good to eat. If you google "lionfish recipes" you'll get lots of tips
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Re: Bahamas Lionfish

There is no way people killing lionfish will make any difference in their population. Maybe a small local reef that is snorkeled/fished daily, but lionfish exist at depths and areas people are not able to fish, as well as throughout the entire Caribe.

It is OK to feel good about removing them, but do not be fooled into thinking you are making a difference beyond a small favorite snorkel spot. And then be prepared to clear that spot out every day, all year.

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Re: Bahamas Lionfish

Well, I will continue to kill them and for every one I kill a significant number of other species will not have been consumed by that lion fish. Got to help.
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Re: Bahamas Lionfish

They are easy to kill not like wily grouper and they are good eating. So kill them!
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Re: Bahamas Lionfish

I didn't mean not to kill them - I fully support that and do so myself. I was just trying to put the proper perspective on it.

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The only good Lionfish is laying on the grill!
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The Travel Channel was in Jamaica the other day with Andrew Zimmerman. They cooked those lion fish up and ate em

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That's Andrew Zimmern. Good show, too.
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Try LazyDays in Marathon. They make a great deep fried Lionfish.
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Re: Bahamas Lionfish

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It is OK to feel good about removing them, but do not be fooled into thinking you are making a difference beyond a small favorite snorkel spot. And then be prepared to clear that spot out every day, all year.
I moonlighted with an IPM crew (pest management) in CO a number of years ago and we spent a lot of time battling invasive vegetation across an entire county. The crew would have to go back year after year to the same spots and fan out collecting the vegetation in bags so the seeds did not sprout up the following year. Very, very tedious! After a number of years, there was a substantial impact and some areas were actually completely clear of the invasives we targeted.

Don't be fooled into thinking that you can't make a difference!

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I just read an article that stated they believe snapper are eating lion fish. If this is true, good news
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Re: Bahamas Lionfish

All the ones I saw on my last Abaco cruise were very small, making me think that people are doing a good job of spearing them.
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