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Lionfish found here

Lionfish found here A lionfish. (Internet picture)

Wed, December 14, 2011 - 12:05 AM

AFTER years of speculation, the dangerous and invasive lionfish has finally been caught in Barbados.

The MIDWEEK NATION was recently informed that three weeks ago a spear diver caught the pretty but predatory fish on the West Coast, just off Porters, St James.

The fish was placed on ice and handed over to officials at the Coastal Zone Management Unit (CZMU) before being taken to the Fisheries Division.

Fisherman Chelston Thomas expressed concern that up to this day the public had not been alerted about the catch, even though the Fisheries Division had promised “to inform the public when the fish had reached our waters and the steps to take to control them”, he said. (MB)

 

Full story in today’s MIDWEEK NATION.

 

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Posted by En Dee 2 years, 7 months ago
If this article is saying that lion fish have never been to Barbados I am very surprised. I distinctly remember that in the early 70's I was present at Bath Beach in St. John when a young man had to be rushed to hospital after stepping on a lion fish. His entire leg became very swollen in a very short time. I also remember seeing a lion fish at Sandy Beach Worthing in the mid 90's. In both cases these lion fish were hanging around the point where fresh water ran into the ocean from a stream. It seems that this is a favourite haunt of lion fish. I am hoping that there will not be an abundance of these predators around Barbados and other Caribbean islands. I have learned from a little research that while lion fish will not attack human beings they present a problem if they are stepped on and do not have enough time to get away. As a foot descends upon them they inject significant amounts of very painful venom. There are concerns also for snorklers and scuba divers who encounter lion fish in reefs. There is no question that the presence of lion fish will have a negative impact on our fish stocks as they will attack and consume large amounts of small fish, shrimp, etc. We should take all reasonable steps to control or deter these predators. We will not eradicate them. Nigel D.

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