Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Can't Beat Them, Eat Them

Interesting strategy for conservation from Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) in Florida. The conservation group released a cookbook for Lionfish, according to ABC News.

Lionfish are tearing up the marine ecosystem in the Atlantic off Florida because they are an invasive species -- that is one imported from someplace far away. These uninvited guests usually run roughshod over their new home without a predator in sight. Think Zebra Mussels or Kudzu or the Rapa Whelk.

But ah, the human predator. "It's absolutely good eating -- a delicacy. It's delicately flavored white meat, very buttery," Lad Akins, director of special projects for Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF), told Reuters. He authored the cookbook along with a professional chef, Tricia Ferguson.

This may be one fish that would be good to overfish. Can I really be saying that...?

The full story here.


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