I went SCUBA diving with my dad in Key Largo in the summer of 2009 and I remember taking a boat tour of the mangrove islands offshore one morning. The guide made references to lionfish-hunts intended to obliterate the fish entirely, since they had no natural predators and were destroying the local ecology.
One of the best ways to get something done is to provide a profit motive for it, so I have high hopes for this effort. I wonder if one could transform it into a full-blown industry, although that would provide incentive to keep a few lionfish around rather than exterminate them. That's what the goal of this whole project should be--eradicate an invasive species before it does too much damage.
Good luck, good hunting, and good eating. For those of you who are interested, here's The Lionfish Cookbook for you to purchase.
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