Direct action by lionfish hunters is the only viable method for controlling lionfish populations in the very, very small area that we can reach, relative to the entire range of the new lionfish habitat.
Lionfish use lighting fasts strikes and gulp down dozens of whole fish at a time. Yes, lionfish are really that bad. My meal of braised marlin and lionfish with mango and basil sauce, a medley of fine vegetables and Italian rice, finished […] Ann B. Both times we chose the Surprise Menu, and all of the dishes were beautifully prepared and delicious.
As aggressive ambush predators with few predators of their own in their introduced range, lionfishes can quickly and alarmingly reduce local native reef fish and some invertebrate populations to the point where native piscivores cannot compete for these prey animals.
We visited Mezze with friends and had a delicious meal. You can hunt lionfish in Cozumel, too!
But as ocean temperatures continue to warm, scientists believe their population areas will continue to grow. Lionfish are the exception to this rule.
By the end of the year, BNMP began training volunteers to remove lionfish on their own. Paychecks dry up, jobs are lost and the economies collapse of those areas unable to make the shift to other industries or sources of revenue.
Once the marine park rangers were made aware, they could go out to these markers and look for the lionfish, which could then be removed using a simple net.