BARBADIANS INVITED TO COME OUT TO LIONFISH COOK-OFF THIS WEEKEND: MOJO’S OUT FOR VICTORY

Members of the public are invited to come out and sample the lionfish during a cook-off at the Harbour Lights in Carlisle Bay, Bay Street, St. Michael, on Saturday, May 24, beginning at 1:00 p.m.

This forms part of the lionfish derby hosted by the Coastal Zone Management Unit, as Barbados intensifies its efforts to reduce the invasive lionfish now found in the island’s waters.

Divers and fishermen will start their hunt from sunrise and return to shore just before noon, when the fish will be weighed. This will be in preparation for some of Barbados’ top chefs to take over preparing dishes using the lionfish during the cook-off, which begins at 1:00 p.m. Members of the public are invited to come out and sample these dishes.

(FILE IMAGE VIA DR1.COM) Marine Biologist at the CZMU, Caroline Bissada, said: "...The lionfish poses a direct threat to Barbados' fishing industry, its economy and tourism sector. The lionfish reproduces every two weeks, with over 15,000 eggs each time. That reproduction process can start from just under one year-old, so the population is exploding."

(FILE IMAGE VIA DR1.COM) Marine Biologist at the CZMU, Caroline Bissada, said: “…The lionfish poses a direct threat to Barbados’ fishing industry, its economy and tourism sector. The lionfish reproduces every two weeks, with over 15,000 eggs each time. That reproduction process can start from just under one year-old, so the population is exploding.

A lionfish derby is a large-scale cull where divers and fishermen would compete to catch as many of the predatory fish as possible during the contest.

The upcoming lionfish derby will feature Chefs Marco Festini-Comer of Daphne’s Restaurant, Danny Oshea of Mojo’s Restaurant, Renrick Williams of Bajan Boyz Entertainment, Henderson Butcher of Divi Southwinds and Oliver Hinds of Waves Hotel. (JRB/BGIS)

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