Lionfish might become latest delicacy on your dinner plate

After trying desperately to eliminate the lionfish, a venomous predator that ravages local reefs and devours other sea creatures, experts think they have a solution: Serve the darn thing for dinner with some lemon and tartar sauce.
"It's deadly, but it's one of most delicious fish you'll ever eat," said David Link, manager of the Food Shack in Jupiter, one of nine Florida restaurants already serving lionfish, most on a limited basis.
Many restaurants would like to make lionfish a regular menu item but have been unable to find a steady supply. Because the pretty but prickly fish prefers to lurk near the bottom, avoiding nets, it's tricky to catch.
Usually, they're caught when they roam into lobster traps or when divers spear them, making them an unsavory proposition for commercial fishing operations.
Just the same, if enough restaurants express a craving for lionfish, fishermen would be enticed to catch more of them, potentially decreasing their numbers, said Lad Akins, director of special projects for REEF, a non-profit marine conservation group based in Key Largo.
"We certainly want to see lionfish in more restaurants because as it goes into the market place, it creates a demand," he said. "Anything that removes them out of the water is a good thing."
As it stands, the lionfish – able to produce 30,000 eggs in a shot – is proliferating so quickly that it is jeopardizing the populations of other fish, such as snapper, and scouring local reefs, said Tony Fins, spokesman for the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, a marine conservation agency. Continue reading

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