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    lionfish has been caught off Chesil Beach in Dorset

    https://www.scubadivermag.com/lionfi...-chesil-beach/

    This could be bad news for UK fish life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Wood View Post
    https://www.scubadivermag.com/lionfi...-chesil-beach/

    This could be bad news for UK fish life.
    That could be very, very bad news as I doubt there are any natural predators and their rate of breeding is orders of magnitude higher than most species.

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    Except for the fact they can’t survive winter temperatures … otherwise they’d be all up the Atlantic coast of America.

    I suspect an unwanted pet released from an aquarium

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    Are they a viable food fish?
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    Human beings were invented by water as a means of moving itself from one place to another.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steelemonkey View Post
    Are they a viable food fish?
    Yes, I've got a mate in Bermuda who spear fishes for them and BBQs them

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    The Belizian community have developed many recipes for them.

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    We have overfished everything else, so why not start on these?
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    Quote Originally Posted by steelemonkey View Post
    We have overfished everything else, so why not start on these?
    This is one species even the conservation bodies are catching in large numbers in the Caribbean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steelemonkey View Post
    Are they a viable food fish?
    Yes they taste like.............................CHICKEN!!!!!! According to the dive guides in Cozumel who speared them with small rubber bands spears and ate them and then started feeding them to groupers in an attempt to persuade them they could be eaten.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steelemonkey View Post
    Are they a viable food fish?
    They're really meaty fish and very tasty! I've had one BBQ'd in Grenada (so with nutmeg in the mix with it of course!) - the centre we dived at hunt them regularly and they'd caught that one in the morning, taken it along to the hotel who'd then got it on the BBQ and on the plate with a cheeky rum cocktail by 8pm. I'm not a big fish fan but that was tasty! They also give them to the local hotels and restaurants to serve up. If they catch too many for the containers (which are about the size of an Ali80), they just sever the spinal column to kill the fish quickly and offer them up to the particularly lazy nurse sharks, who cannot be bothered to hunt them when alive but will happily snap up a freebie!
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