Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Colourful tropical fish are fun to watch
in an aquarium or home fish tank.
But what happens when exotic fish are released
into the wild and start taking over the seas?
It sounds like science fiction
but exotic fish invasions are a real problem.
A popular aquarium species called the lionfish
has been found in increasing numbers in The Bahamas,
threatening to displace mative fish
and disrupt local fisheries.

Marina showing a lionfish

Lionfish eats young grunts, snapper, grouper, sea urchins...
and they don't have a natural predator in The Bahamas.
Lion fish spines are also venomous
- thought not fatal - to humans.
The stings are pretty poisonous and painful
if people touch the lionfish.
When the fish is dead it's not poisonous any more
so it's absolutely eatable.
The white meat is almost like
the meat of grouper by taste and texture
- rather flaky, a bit sweeter.
In Asia lionfish have been a delicasy for ages.

Marina showing how to clean lionfish
and take out the sharp fins

It is said that lionfish got to the Bahamian waters
by a fish farm nearby.
In 2004 the lionfish sighting was formally confirmed.
In the past 2 months they have increased exponentially
and lionfish can be observed all over
the Bahamian archipelago.
One way to save the reef ecosystem
is to educate people how to catch the lionfish
and to handle it
and to prepair it for food.
The lionfish come in different sizes
Filets of lionfish
Prepared lionfish in 2 ways
- added some salt & pepper and lime,
and lightly covered the filets with flour
Another way:
Added some salt, pepper & lime
Frying the filets in garlic oil
Almost ready
Frying the filets in oil
These ones almost ready as well

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