The 2015 Groundswell Lionfish Tournament is being held today [uly 18], and saw the invasive lionfish captured, recorded, and served for attending crowds.
The 5th Annual Groundswell Lionfish Tournament is taking place at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Science and saw the tournament kicking off at sunup and boats heading in to the BIOS dock for the 3.00pm weigh-in.
The land event kicked off at 2.30pm and runs until 8.00pm tonight and entry is free. Activities include lionfish handling, lionfish tasting, live music, DJ’s, Goslings bar and for the young at heart a bouncy castle, arts & crafts, and more.
Originating in the Indo-Pacific Region, it is believed the lionfish 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.
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