[Coral-List] Lionfish matters

Rhyne, Andrew arhyne at rwu.edu
Fri Jan 28 09:27:54 EST 2011


While we're on the topic of lionfish, I thought I would share a recent publication looking at the some nutritional properties and consumer preference work just published.

It's Open Access so anyone can download it without the tall to typical please pay 35USD if you your institution's library doesn't have access.

Morris J. A., Thomas A., Rhyne A., Breen N., Akins L., Nash B., 2011 Nutritional properties of the invasive lionfish: A delicious and nutritious approach for controlling the invasion. AACL Bioflux 4(1):21-26.

You can download the paper here: http://www.bioflux.com.ro/docs/2011.4.21-26.pdf

I personally like them sautéed in a little butter and garlic.


Andrew L. Rhyne, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Biology and Marine Biology
Roger Williams University
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Research Scientist
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New England Aquarium
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On 1/28/11 6:15 AM, "coral-list-request at coral.aoml.noaa.gov" <coral-list-request at coral.aoml.noaa.gov> wrote:

Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2011 18:44:39 +0000 (GMT)
From: andrea anton <andreantongamazo at yahoo.es>
Subject: [Coral-List] Lionfish matters
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Dear coral listers,

>From my field experience working with lionfish, I would say cannibalism is
pretty unlikely to happen. I have had multiple lionfish of different sizes in
large fish cages and never saw lionfish attacking each other.  In fact, they
seem to like to hang around in groups in the reef.

The ciguatera news are bad but not surprising.  However, other large predatory
fish carry ciguatera too and that did not stop us from fishing them.  Look at
the recommendations by NOAA on this matter:


Finally, although I love the idea of calling them the ?stripped grouper? to
encourage people to eat them, they taste so good that people that have tried
them seem to love them (even knowing they are lionfish). See the response of
Bahamians after eating lionfish for the first time (outreach video we have made
in the Bahamas to encourage people to catch them and eat them!):


(Lionfish Invasion, part 3 ~minute 11).

Best regards

Andrea Anton
Graduate Student
Coker Hall
University of North Carolina
27599-3280 Chapel Hill NC

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