Lionfish might be the next delicacy
LOS ANGELES — As it turns out, some of the best cooks in the world think lionfish, a venomous predatory fish that is breeding out of control and destroying marine ecosystems in the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, is delicious.
Chefs gathered in Bermuda on Wednesday for a competition dubbed the “Lionfish Throwdown” that saw them challenge each other to come up with the tastiest solution to the problem of invasive lionfish.
“Every chef likes to be sustainable in what they are doing,” said Chris Kenny, head chef on Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands.
“Lionfish are going to keep spreading, and it’s not going to stop unless people step in and do something about it.”
Native to the Pacific Ocean, lionfish have no natural predators in Atlantic waters and females can spawn nearly 2 million eggs annually.
“On reefs where sport divers are actively diving with harpoons to try to control the lionfish, they actually do a pretty good job,” said Colin Angle, executive chairman of iRobot Corp, a consumer robot company that builds and designs robots.
“But that’s a very small percentage of the ocean ... We needed something far more flexible that could go far deeper, longer.”
Angle, who recently founded Robots In Service of the Environment, a nonprofit organization set up to protect the oceans, built a machine named the Guardian specifically designed to hunt and capture lionfish.