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The Lionfish: From Bait To Plate

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(Source: CBS4) A lionfish captured off the coast of Bimini.

(Source: CBS4) A lionfish captured off the coast of Bimini.

BIMINI (CBSMiami) — In this week’s Aquatic Adventures, CBS4’s Jeff Berardelli goes on a lionfish hunt in Bimini where the invasive species is causing all kinds of problems. Lionfish have invaded most local reefs from the Keys to the Bahamas.

The lionfish has no natural reef predators except man and they are eating many of the juvenile fish important to sustaining life on the reefs.

The mane-like assemblage of spines that give the fish its lion-like appearance are tipped in poison that can cause severe pain, swelling, nausea, headaches and convulsions. But once the fish is safely caught, they are good eating.

Take a look as Jeff’s mission is to hunt, kill and eat the enemy lionfish.

Click here for more information about diving in Bimini.

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