The Annual Groundswell Lionfish Tournament was held today [July 21] at BIOS with members of the public being invited to help eradicate this invasive pest by joining in by Eating ‘Em to Beat ‘Em.
The tournament started at sunrise and the weigh in and prize giving kicked off at 3.00pm at BIOS in Ferry Reach. When Bernews visited, a total of 31 lionfish had been caught and were in the process of being prepared to be eaten.
Groundswell Founder Matthew Strong and Co-Founder Selange Gitschner:
Chef Chris Malpas was on hand and prepared lionfishcakes for all to try. There was also a BBQ going with hotdogs and hamburgers available. Cocktails and entertainment were also available with music provided by DJ Colt 45.
Information kiosks from the Bermuda Ocean Support Foundation and Bermuda Blue Halo Project were set up to share information with those attending.
Chef Chris Malpas shares preparation and cooking ideas:
A spokesperson said, “We have developed this tournament to help encourage fisherman, divers and concerned citizens to help eradicate this invasive fish before if destroys peoples livelihood and threatens the islands protective reef.
“We aim to promote fishing them as it is the only known way of gaining some ground on the fish. We are also trying to get local establishments to put them on the menu, to create a demand for the fish. Please help eradicate them by Eating ‘Em to Beat ‘Em.”