Video: CNN Highlights Bermuda’s Lionfish Issue

October 19, 2013

“The clear waters around Bermuda are as picturesque as you can imagine, and the brilliantly colored fish swimming around are like something from a crayon box. But a serious problem lurks behind the beautiful facade: the lionfish,” reports CNN.

CNN highlighted Bermuda’s lionfish problem in a report and video, which features diving footage, clips of lionfish being cut up, Ocean Support Foundation President Graham Maddocks and more.

The lionfish invasion is probably the worst environmental disaster the Atlantic will ever face,” said Graham Maddocks, president and founder of Ocean Support Foundation,

Lionfish are aggressive eaters and will consume anything and everything, and with no known predators — except human beings — they can wipe out 90% of a reef.

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  1. Al says:

    These are the kind of environmental problems we should be tackling head-on, not wasting our time with the PEW’s marine reserve that won’t protect an inch of our reef.


  2. Nuffin but da Truth says:


  3. fasho says:

    Seriously people, go snorkeling/diving any opportunity you get, before its too late :(

  4. fasho says:

    They need to put a bounty on every lion fish head here… Even if it costs millions. In the long run, generations upon generations will benefit from this ‘investment’.

  5. fasho says:

    BTW If Bermuda loses its reefs, tourism is as good as dead.

  6. Voter says:

    The former govt charged people for a license to spear lion fish.Figure that out!

    • Nuffin but da Truth says:

      the plp were scraping the bottom of the money pit then,they were looking for ways to get more!

  7. How can you expect to kill all the lion fish , when you cannot even kill the chicken population on a small island?? fact is when a lion fish can reproduce every four days up until 30, 000 eggs makes no difference who the government is??The problem is here for generations to come , until another predator comes along and eats them up!!Fact Lionfish are venomous, not poisonous. Venom must be injected into the body through bites, spines, fangs and stingers while poison must be inhaled or ingested (eaten, swallowed or absorbed) in order for the toxin to have any effect. Lionfish have needle-sharp spines that are capable of delivering a potent protein-based neuromuscular toxin.

    • P.S. our whole eco ocean system is on the verge of dieing?look at the hundreds of whales, dolphins oar fish and other spieces that are washing up on shore lines around the world,the oceans are being used as local garbages sites.

  8. S. Williams says:

    So what can we do? We being the average citizen not a professional diver. Can we turn this into a money making venture to enourage more interest?

    • Lionfish are edible and very tasty. The average citizen can eat purchase and eat lionfish, ask for it in restaurants. Quite a few commercial fishermen are catching them in their lobster pots and a number of grocery stores have lionfish on sale.

  9. Judge & Jury says:

    Blame Florida. They have caused the release of lion fish, invasive snakes and all types of animals into the ecosystem. Who released the red slider turtles into our ponds, we did. They are everywhere, yet can still be brought in a pet shop here.

    We need to kill and eat the lion fish. It might keep their numbers low around Bermuda , but it is a losing battle , the Atlantic is a very big pond and they are everywhere.

  10. Um Jus Sayin says:

    Have an annual or bi-annual Lionfish Tournament. Use it as a tourist attraction, have divers from around the world come to catch & kill them and offer a monetary prize for the most caught, largest one, etc. You do it for wahoo, and billfish, and they aren’t killing our reef fish population. Encourage other regions to follow suit.

    • Weldon Wade says:

      There is an annual Lionfish tournament in Bermuda.

  11. sage says:

    Make lionfish the only species allowed to be taken for 10 years.