New Lionfish Record!

Lad Akins from the REEF organization gets the largest Lionfish ever in the Bahamas. Looks yummy! Lionfish IS the next food source.

This fish, measuring 15 7/8", was caught on Split Reef in 47 ft of water


National Geographic Lionfish Video

Go to:  http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/08/080822-lionfish-video-ap.html


Informative Lionfish Video

To view some informative videos about the invasive lionfish in the Bahamas go to
Part 1 - http://www.lifeonterra.com/episode.php?id=165
Part 2 - http://www.lifeonterra.com/episode.php?id=166


Bahamian Student Speaks Out

Jenna Chaplin from St Andrews School on New Providence is working on an essay to show how the lionfish populations are increasing over the years. "I live on a sailboat in Nassau harbour and I feel this has kept me very aware of the lionfish in our area. Two weeks ago, my family and I went to Exuma where I killed 12 lionfish in one day and my brother killed another bunch the following." 
Thank you Jenna for your efforts and don't forget......you  can eat lionfish and they taste delicious! 


Eleuthera bags second largest lionfish in the Bahamas!

David from the Current Lionfish Brigade, speared the second largest lionfish ever caught in Bahamian waters, according to Lad Akins of the REEF organization. The fish was around 15" long and had plenty of meat on him. Meanwhile, Trish (also a member of the Current Lionfish Brigade) is busy putting together a lionfish recipe calender. We are all looking forward to seeing that!
By the way, a new lionfish hunting crew is forming out of central Florida calling themselves "Space Coast Slayers". They are planning a trip to Eleuthera at the end of August with a mission to "...slay more lionfish than anyone." I think they are going to break some records on this trip. Dani, the chef of the group will be creating delicious recipies which she plans on sharing with us. They have an underwater camera and will be documenting their hunts for the lionfishhunter.com web site. The Space Coast Slayers also send out a friendly challenge to other lionfish hunting groups. Any takers? Current Lionfish Brigade?


lionfish natural predators

Up until recently not too much has been known about lionfish predators except from a small article about a cornet fish,  recent findings in the Bahamas ( a nassau and tiger grouper), and the video of the the humpback scorpionfish  devouring an adult lionfish (found on this blog). Maybe we should look past the open ocean for our findings. Maybe the aquarium trade, that started this mess, might also have some answers. The following facts are taken from a marine aquarist's site ( http://cache.search.yahoo.net/search/cache?ei=UTF-8&p=lionfish+spine&fr=yfp-t-501&u=www.reefkeeping.com/issues/2002-11/fm/feature/index.php&w=lionfish+%22lion+fish%22+spine&d=b9HYpRg5RPYb&icp=1&.intl=us ) :
 "Even though lionfish are venomous, lionfish are not immune to being harassed or even eaten by other fish. Large eels, frogfish and other scorpion fish are all predators of lionfish in the wild. According to Michaels (1998), large angelfish, pufferfish, and triggerfish are also known to harass lionfish. Triggerfish are notorious for nipping off the dorsal spines before killing lionfish. However, I have found the planktonic feeding triggers (Blue cheek, Pink-tailed, Niger) to behave more predictable towards lionfish."
When I get back to the Bahamas I will injure a lionfish and throw him in the midst of some feeding grey trigger fish and let you know what happened! 
Thanks again to Amanda from Current for this article.

Lionfish sting treatment

If a lionfish or scorpionfish ever stings you, the very first thing to do is immerse the wound site in hot, non-scalding water (110-113°F) for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the pain subsides. According to Michaels (1998), applying rapid heat using a hair dryer will also work. The key point is heat; lionfish venom contains many heat labile proteins, and heat will denature these venom proteins, preventing them from spreading in the bloodstream and decreasing the severity of their effects. Do not use boiling hot water; the burn resulting from boiling water will often be worse than the lionfish sting. The most frequent symptoms of a lionfish sting are pain and swelling. However, a few people may have an allergic reaction to lionfish venom and should be cautious if the pain and swelling get worse over a few hours. This article found at http://www.reefkeeping.com/issues/2002-11/fm/feature/index.php . Thank you Amanda in Current for this article.


Lad Akins from REEF visits Eleuthera

Lad Akins from REEF organization visited Eleuthera last weekend to tag lionfish and educate the locals on how to clean and eat this wonderful tasting fish. From what I hear, his ceviche recipe  (raw fish marinated in spices and lemon juice) was amazing! What's notable about the lionfish that were caught is that the lionfish had NO fish in their stomach, which is rare. This could mean that the lionfish had already cleaned out ALL of the juvenile fish from that reef system and now were starving???? I don't know if other fish were noted as being on this reef. If anyone has more info about this event, please write...

Amateur kills lionfish

The confidence I have in my abilities to spearfish are negligible. This is based on my previous spearing experiences. Although I’ve definitely enjoyed my attempts they were nothing short of hilariously pathetic. Anyhow, recently I have been on a few Lionfish hunting excursions where I have seen these fish hover in the water, unmoving all but their twirling spines. I watched my friends spear lionfish like they where plucking flowers from a back yard. After a few outings I came to the conclusion that my ‘negligible’ spearing skills were more than adequate to kill lionfish. So with confidence I put myself out there and it wasn’t long before I encountered four lionfish hovering underneath a rock, their usual habitat of dwelling. With the greatest of ease I dove down, pulled back on the spear and pow; my spear got stuck into the rock beside the Lionfish while the it remained 'unmoved' by the event. I could swear this fish looked like it was laughing at me. It surely could only be mocking my poor spearing abilities by not even budging a fraction. So anyway, five shots and fifteen minutes later, who was the one with the final laugh? Me baby! All the while the Lionfish stayed in the same spot. Hmmm… final conclusiong, if I can do it i'm sure anyone can!     

by: Amanda from Current Eleuthera Bahamas