Poisonous, spiky, bug-eyed and edible: Lionfish are a prolific invasive species off the coast of Florida. Their voracious appetites are destroying native reef fish populations, leaving decimated reefs in their wake.
Chefs and concerned eaters are attempting to eat their way through this problem. You can find items like lionfish sushi, poached and broiled lionfish, and lionfish dumplings on menus throughout South Florida.
Reporter Wilson Sayre takes us to the Florida Keys to catch a few lionfish and see how much of a bite diners are taking out of the problem.
Dr. Dan Simberloff co-wrote an essay with some concerns about why eating our way out of the problem might be an issue.
Like to fish? Here’s information about Florida’s Lionfish Derby.
Gravy has shared articles about solutions to invasive species in the past. Read this article by Abigail Greenbaum, first published in Gravy, issue #48.
We thank Danyell Irby for editing and Nan Klingener for her assistance with this story.
All photos by Wilson Sayre.
Music is by Blue Dot Sessions and Podington Bear