Ceviche? Fritters? Barbecued then spooned into tacos? However you choose to eat it, lionfish is a buttery, flaky, white-fleshed fish that has been compared to both cod and lobster – and that for some years now Belizeans and conservationists alike have been eager to see on people’s plates.
Lionfish is an invasive species that breeds rapidly, has no natural predators in these Atlantic-Caribbean waters, and will happily feed on any other fish that cross its path. It’s certainly not good for a healthy reef system. That’s why several of our responsible travel partners offer diving and marine conservation vacations in Belize
where you’ll participate in spear fishing programs designed to remove as many of these carnivorous critters as possible.
However, eating the problem away is not that simple. For one thing, lionfish breed at a rate of knots, so even if everyone in Belize was having lionfish for breakfast, lunch and dinner it still wouldn’t put much of a dent in the population. Studies continue into effective, sustainable and humane ways to deal with lionfish, but for now, because of the urgent need for conservation measures, we continue to offer vacations that include recreational spear fishing. We hope that eventually there will be less need for them.