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Lionfish

lionfish in coolers.001FRIENDS Annual Lionfish Derby is scheduled for May 30th, 2015.
Captain’s Meeting on May 29th 5:30 – 7 at the Jib Room.

Registration Form 2015

Derby Rules 2015

Legal Waiver Form_2015 (all team members must fill out a waiver. Minors must have a parent or guardian sign for them.)

In recent years, the number of invasive lionfish in The Bahamas has drastically increased. Lionfish are a native of the Indo-Pacific Ocean. Present in The Bahamas with no natural control they are voracious predators that can quickly upset the balance of our marine environment given the chance. Lionfish have venomous spines, which means you need to be careful handling them, but the meat is safe to eat!

lionfish on hook.001The Bahamas Government is collecting information on lionfish sightings, please visit their site to provide any information you may have. If you are stung by a lionfish, run hot water over the area (you can use the stream from your outboard engine) or use a heat pack, and then see a doctor when you return to land.

Check out the Abaco Scientist for lionfish news.

Conch Salad TV did a three part series on lionfish, looking at the invasion, the on going research and how to catch, cook and clean them.  Enjoy this last segment and go catch some lionfish!