[Updated with videos] The 2013 Groundswell Lionfish Tournament was held today [July 20] at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences [BIOS] with members of the public being invited to help eradicate the invasive pest by joining in by “Eating ‘Em to Beat ‘Em.”
Environment Minister Sylvan Richards holding a lionfish:
The tournament kicked off at sunrise, and boats had to be at the BIOS dock for the 3.00pm weigh-in. The well attended event included lionfish tasting, lionfish handling, music, a bar, and was hailed a success by Groundswell Founder Matthew Strong and Co-Founder Selange Gitschner.
Chef Chris Malpas discusses/demos cooking lionfish:
When we visited, approximately 60-70 fish had been received and went through a process of being weighed, measured and capture location being recorded.
The fish were then filleted and sent to nearby executive chef Chris Malpas who battered the fish and deep fried them for taste testing. Over 300 fishcakes made with lionfish were also handed out to the crowd.
Corey Eddy discusses eating/preparing lionfish:
Originating in the Indo-Pacific Region, it is believed they were introduced into the Atlantic in the late 1980s by local aquariums or fish hobbyists in Florida.
They have now spread throughout the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, South America and as far north as Massachusetts and Bermuda. Lionfish are indiscriminate predators, preying on species which are commercially, recreationally and ecologically important.
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