In recent years, the number of invasive lionfish in The Bahamas has drasticallyincreased. 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!
The 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.
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!