Posts Tagged ‘lionfish’

How to extract lionfish otoliths

Do you need to know how to get ear bones out of lionfish? Or are you just curious to know what the inside of a lionfish’s head looks like? Either way check out this film shot on location in Abaco, Bahamas featuring the crack lionfish catching team, Serena Hackerott and Katie Dubois. Otoliths are teeny tiny [...]


From lionfish hunter to little miss marine biologist

From lionfish hunter to little miss marine biologist

Below is a guest post from Serena Hackerott, an undergraduate in my lab. After 103 lionfish, 186 otoliths, 5 weeks of field work, and 3 weeks of lab work, I feel like I have become a “real Marine Biologist.” As the girl who has always loved the ocean and wanted to be a marine biologist [...]


Lionfish: from the spear, to supper, to science

Lionfish: from the spear, to supper, to science

Below is a guest post by Serena Hackerott, an undergraduate in my lab. This summer has been such an exciting adventure! I have gained invaluable research experience and have learned a lot about working in marine science. My project has been filled with surprises, adventures, challenges, and many important lessons. One of my favorite experiences [...]


Mark Hixon’s lionfish Tedx

This is a talk by Marine Ecologist and reef fish ecology expert Dr Mark Hixon of OSU.  I love it!  Mark and I apparently have a lot in common.  I love my job too.  But the special knowledge it gives you – the painful and needless loss of the ocean’s biodiversity – can be a [...]


Scourge of the Lionfish

Scourge of the Lionfish

From a great piece in the NYT by Carl Safina.  About 20 years ago, one of the world’s most beautiful and otherworldly fish, the red lionfish, started showing up in south Florida and the Caribbean. Now, they’re a plague. Millions of them live from northeastern South America to New York, from water you can stand [...]


Lionfish continue their upriver march

Lionfish continue their upriver march

Below is a repost of a piece by Zack from Abaco Scientist about the the lionfish invasion of the Loxahatchee River in southeastern Florida. I grew up on the Loxahatchee, fishing and boating in it, and I knew every nook and cranny in the map below. The snook fishing was amazing and it wasn’t uncommon to see manatees. [...]


Lionfish: the true pirates of the Caribbean

Lionfish: the true pirates of the Caribbean

This is a guest post by Serena Hackerott, an undergraduate in my lab. In the photo below, Serena is teaching me how to extract the tiny otoliths from a lionfish she captured.  Lionfish are the first marine fish to successfully invade the Caribbean. Lionfish are “piscivores”, or predatory fish that eat other fish, native to the [...]


Finding fish in the wrong place

Finding fish in the wrong place

This gorgeous woodcut print is the work of Jenny Pope, one of my favourite printmakers. Lots of her art is available to buy on her website and she’s promised me she will soon be blogging about lionfish. But first, here are my thoughts on seeing my first lionfish in the wrong place. Before I arrived [...]


Why are lionfish populations exploding across the Caribbean?

Lionfish are an exotic fish now found throughout the Greater Caribbean and eastern Atlantic that have become incredibly abundant on many reefs, especially in the Bahamas and off North Carolina. Lionfish are a piscivore (a fish that eats other fish) and were introduced from the Indo-Pacific by the aquarium trade in the late 1990s off Florida. Mostly likely, [...]


I am the lionfish

 


Lionfish on the menu

Here are three stories that really deserve to be shared together, all about the catching and eating of our friend, the lionfish. First, is this article about a lionfish derby Dr Craig Layman, AKA The Abaco Scientist, organized with Friends of the Environment on Abaco, Bahamas on May 27, 2011. In one day, 15 boats [...]


Filleting a lionfish


Let us eat…lionfish

Ray Hilborn famously urged Americans to eat more fish in his recent NYT op-ed Let us eat fish.  I explained why this is a bad idea here, but one fish it would be good to start eating more of is invasive lionfish. Elisabeth Rosenthal wrote a great piece on the fledgling lionfish fishery Answer for Invasive [...]


Lionfish – You’ve gotta eat them to beat them

Time for a quick break from the serious stuff. Here’s a silly musical interlude with a catchy tune and an important message (I must admit I had to look up what panko is – never heard of it!).


Lionfish Invasion, part 3

Lionfish Invasion was filmed on Abaco Island, Bahamas, produced by ConchSaladTV, in collaboration with Friends of the Environment, the Layman Lab, FIU, the Bruno lab, and UNC and with generous support from the National Science Foundation. Learn more about liofish here.


Lionfish Invasion, part 2

Lionfish Invasion was filmed on Abaco Island, Bahamas, produced by ConchSaladTV, in collaboration with Friends of the Environment, the Layman Lab, FIU, the Bruno lab, and UNC and with generous support from the National Science Foundation. Learn more about liofish here.


Lionfish Invasion, part 1

Lionfish Invasion was filmed on Abaco Island, Bahamas, produced by ConchSaladTV, in collaboration with Friends of the Environment, the Layman Lab, FIU, the Bruno lab, and UNC and with generous support from the National Science Foundation. Learn more about liofish here.


Frogfish eats Lionfish

I’m back on those beautiful but pesky invasive lionfish again – this time, it’s not just humans that are eating them. Check out this video by Scubazoo. HT to Ed Blume for the link.


Teaching sharks to eat lionfish

Lionfish are an exotic fish now found throughout the Greater Caribbean and eastern Atlantic that have become incredibly abundant on many reefs, especially in the Bahamas and off North Carolina. Lionfish are a piscivore (a fish that eats other fish) and were introduced from the Indo-Pacific by the aquarium trade in the late 1990s off [...]