Eat more lionfish to help save other species in the ocean!

Lionfish are an invasive species in Florida, do your part of saving our waters by eating them before they eat everything else!

What is a Lionfish?

I hear you asking through your computer (or phone while upon the throne), I know you could Google it, but since you’re already here, I will share some of my vast, usually useless knowledge on you.

Put quite simply, Lionfish are the devil. They are an invasive species to our beautiful waters, eating all our fish and lobsters and tearing up our reefs, taking our jobs and actually mucking up our economy. They have no predators and feed on small crustaceans and fish, the very same our local fisherman catch to pay their bills. They have the potential to make some native plants and animals extinct and destroy our reef ecosystems.

A Lion Fish. They are dangerous to divers and fishermen with their venomous spines and tentacles.

They are a beautiful fish though…the bad ones always are! With vibrant stripes and dozens of spines, make sure you look but don’t touch. Encountering one of these in the wild could give you a nasty, venomous (NOT DEADLY) surprise.

How did they get here?

Native to the waters of Asia, they are far from home, so how did they end up over here?

People. People dumped them into the waters after deciding they didn’t want to have them in their aquariums anymore and the rest, as they say, is history. This is pretty much exactly what happened with pythons in the everglades, and look how that’s turning out.

Live feed of what is happening in our waters right now as you read this.

“Wait a second here…”

I hear you saying, “you said they were poisonous, and the article says eat them. Are you secretly a lionfish trying to secure the waters for your kind?”

First of all no, that’s ridiculous. Second, I said they were venomous, not poisonous. Allow me to share with you one of my favorite little facts that people often get wrong:

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Besides, when the fish is cooked, the toxin is broken down and rendered safe!

(That’s not to say you can’t eat it raw, it does make a delicious sushi, just please leave it to the professionals and don’t take bites out of random, living fish. Thanks.)

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Chow Time

Since they outnumber us 1,000 to 1 (citation not needed, I just have a flare for the dramatic) and diving for them is a pain in the butt (or hand more likely, depends on how you try to catch them, so go ahead and live your life. No judgement here) how do you help in the fight against them? You guessed it, you eat them up.

Head on over to Firefin Grill, have a seat and browse their extensive menu of amazing seafood award-winning sushi, fine-aged steaks & crafted cocktails. With different ways to prep Lionfish, you can keep coming back and trying new ways to destroy this invader to our waters, and have a delicious meal at the same time!