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Lionfish catch

Lionfish catch Scuba-diver Stevenson Taitt displaying the lionfish he caught yesterday. (Ricardo Leacock)

Mon, June 10, 2013 - 12:00 AM

IT WASN’T the kind of birthday present he wanted, but scuba-diver Stevenson Taitt ended up with a lionfish yesterday.

He captured the spiny, poisonous, predatory fish in the sea off Holetown,   St James around 3 p.m.

Taitt told the DAILY NATION: “I was scuba-diving  and the lionfish was just there in the reef, just waiting to eat the smaller fish in the reef off Holetown, and I went for it and caught it, for this fish is more dangerous to the reefs.”

Taitt, who operates a boat, added: “It is the biggest one I have seen so far. I caught another one just two days ago which was much smaller.” (RL)


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Posted by BIG SKY 10 months, 2 weeks ago
These fish are very poisonous and dangerous and it takes heart to go after them,knowing that one mistake could be a tragic one.

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Posted by David Hall 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Is this species genetically concocted?

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Posted by Frank Husbands 10 months, 2 weeks ago
I hear the fish taste very nice,and other jurisdictions are seeking to get rid of them by fishing them for the table.I am sure Bajans can develop a taste for them.

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Posted by Bim Bum 10 months, 2 weeks ago
WHY is the local pet trade allowed to import species like this, and large constrictor snakes
which will eventually be released into the Barbados Wild?

Are we not in control of that, too?
Introduced species NEVER work out.
This has been known for centuries, now.

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Posted by Chris Wright 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Lion fish, when handled very carefully makes a very good dish, and are in my opinion much tastier than lobster. One just has to be very careful of the poisonous "horn" which can be deadly if not treated immediately. It's not a fish that just popped up out of the blue.

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