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lionfish in T&T
...to supplement shark and bake demand
From Page A10
Roxanne and her friend, Nikita, a Trinidadian living in New York taste the first
lionfish and bake made in the kitchen of Richard's Bake and Shark shop in
Maracas Bay on February 15. PHOTO: CHARLES KONG SOO
She said not only were adult sharks being
overfished preventing them from replenishing
dwindling populations by reproducing to create
more young, but juveniles were also being
Lionfish a great alternative to shark---Amon
Amon said the prospects of fishermen going
after lionfish or another fish alternative instead
of shark were great.
Amon said lionfish were booming in numbers
all over the Caribbean and this was one fish
that needed to be fished until it was gone from
the region s reefs.
She said removing sharks from our waters
had negative implications but removing lionfish
will only benefit our already fragile and stressed
marine habitats by allowing our native fish to
flourish rather than being voraciously eaten by
this invasive predator.
Amon said in all the areas where the lionfish
proliferated in the Bahamas, reef fish and inver-
tebrates smaller than lionfish were non-existent.
She said lionfish eat everything---over two
years in the Bahamas, the increases in lionfish
coincided with a 65 per cent decline in the 42
species of fish and crustaceans that a lionfish
Amon said a recent study has shown that an
adult lionfish can consume up to 20 small
wrasse fish in 30 minutes.
She said lionfish was lucrative selling for a
minimum of $30 (TT) a pound in Florida.
Amon said lionfish meat was the perfect
trade-off for shark meat in Trinidad---it is abun-
dant, tasty, and an economically and environ-
mentally viable food source.
She said lionfish is eaten all over the
Caribbean without any negative side effects,
and, she had jerk lionfish in Jamaica and the
only thing she got was a full belly and very
satisfied taste buds.
Papa Bois Conservation director Marc de
Verteuil said sharks were in trouble world
wide as many species were slow to mature,
have long gestation periods and few offspring.
He said the scalloped hammerhead com-
monly sold in market places can take eight to
ten years to mature, and has a gestation pe-
riod of nine to ten months.
De Verteuil said pups in shallow coastal wa-
ters were particularly sensitive to overfishing
and the scalloped hammerhead is listed as en-
dangered by the International Union of Con-
servation Networks (IUCN) and it is protected
by CITES (Convention on the International
Trade in Endangered Species).
He said hammerhead numbers were down
by up to 90 per cent in the Atlantic and sharks
overall were unable to reproduce faster than
we can fish them.
De Verteuil said anecdotal evidence from
fishermen and vendors showed that even ju-
venile shark numbers were down and some-
times vendors complained that shark was
He said fishermen needed to be encouraged
to learn how to hunt lionfish, and this may be
most feasible if the Government or NGOs
helped train and equip them to do so.
De Verteuil said places such as Curacao and
Belize have developed markets for lionfish and
it is even exported.
De Verteuil said the more lionfish we eat,
the better it is for the ecosystem.
He said education was the key to overcome
consumer fears that the lionfish was poison-
ous and in order to develop a vibrant, sustain-
able market for lionfish.
He said the flesh of lionfish was not poison-
ous, it's a very high quality meat, tasting like
grouper or snapper.
Ali: T&T early in lionfish invasion phase
University of Southampton UK postgradu-
ate researcher Fadilah Ali said lionfish has the
potential to be an alternative food source.
Whether it is able to completely replace or
substitute shark or any other fish was debat-
Ali said T&T was very early in its lionfish in-
vasion phase, so there weren't enough around
right now to supplement our shark and bake
shark under threat
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