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Will You Start Eating Lionfish?

Updated on August 3, 2017
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Education does not end when leaving school. It is an ongoing process which certainly makes life more interesting. Hope you enjoy this!

Lionfish
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Lionfish

My husband and I were watching the local Houston nightly news some time ago. There was a segment about an invasive species of fish called lionfish that is encroaching upon native species from the Caribbean area all the way up the East Coast and even into the Gulf of Mexico along the Texas coastline.

That drew our attention as we live not far from the Gulf of Mexico.

Pterois is the official name of this type of fish. Another name which seems very fitting because of the coloration is zebrafish.

I knew of lionfish as being exotic aquarium fish and quite beautiful in appearance.

Their fins which spread out in all directions are toxic and because of that they have very few predators.

Lion Fish
Lion Fish | Source

Venomous Stings!

Their venom can cause painful stings if humans happen to come in touch with them.

Those who are small, elderly or with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to that sting. In some cases it can even be fatal. In others...it is an encounter that will leave behind a agonizing an most unpleasant memory.

Apparently their usual habitat is in the Indo-Pacific regions of the world. However they started colonizing in this part of the world…whether it was from escaped aquarium fish…or some other means...they are now a problem.

The National Geographic video below shows what can be done to mitigate the problems caused by the rapidly increasing lionfish populations in our waters.

Lionfish Reproduction

Lionfish in open ocean waters can live good long lives...even up to 15 years of age.

A female lionfish lays over a million eggs annually and can produce eggs up to every 4 days or so. They can live in deep waters and also shallow ones so are very adaptive to the environment.

Thus the best way to start keeping them at reasonable numbers would be to create a desirable menu item and for people to start eating them.

The toxins are killed at high cooking temperatures, so that is no problem. It would also give fishermen another source of income.

The taste of the cooked fish is reported to be quite mild and delicious.

Colorful Lionfish
Colorful Lionfish | Source

Bizzare Foods

I have since viewed a television show by the name of Bizarre Foods with the host Andrew Zimmern.

He goes around the world eating some of the most unusual things and in one episode he was tasting lionfish.

Andrew Zimmern also reported it as tasting very good.

If this fish was on a restaurant menu, knowing what I have now learned about it, I would certainly be willing to try it.

Lovely Lion fish
Lovely Lion fish | Source

Non Native Species

This is just one more example of what happens when non native species whether plants or animals start expanding into areas where they are not welcomed.

In the case of lionfish if an all out effort to keep them under control is not accomplished we may eventually have our reefs destroyed. It is probably impossible to eradicate them all.

The fish we count upon for sustenance will be scarce or even eliminated because the smaller fish upon which they prey will be eaten by the these predators.

Closeup of Lionfish
Closeup of Lionfish | Source

Lionfish on the Menu

It is the red lionfish in particular which are invading the waters threatening the Caribbean and the United States.

The best of all scenarios according to the news report on television and reading further is to develop this particular fish as a desired food item.

That will encourage fishermen to start harvesting them for profit when chefs and even home cooks want to add that type fish to our diets.

The way most of these fish are caught is by spear fishing.

I sincerely hope restaurateurs, seafood shops and even the seafood areas in our local grocery stores are paying attention to this potential looming disaster.

Let's all pitch in together and do what we can to lessen the danger that lionfish are now causing.

Learn much more about lionfish in the video below. It is rather frightening to know how fast they are populating our waters and the long term implications.

Would you eat lionfish if it was available on a restaurant menu or at your local seafood market?

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The Lionfish Cookbook by Tricia Ferguson and Lad Akins (2010) Paperback
The Lionfish Cookbook by Tricia Ferguson and Lad Akins (2010) Paperback

It is interesting to know that there is a cookbook specifically related to eating this predatory fish that is endangering our seafood supply. Way to go! Whether we wish to prepare this fish in our own homes or not, let's at least do our part in starting to consume them!

 
Red Lionfish
Red Lionfish | Source

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    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ethel,

      They are supposed to be a mild flavored fish. I would definitely eat them should I ever see lionfish on a restaurant menu. It just has not happened yet.

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      Ethel Smith 

      3 weeks ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      They are very beautiful. As for eating them I am not sure. Depends how they taste I guess.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Patricia,

      If fish is fresh it should not taste "fishy" as you described. It definitely gets that way if it is older. We are lucky here in Houston to be so close to Gulf of Mexico waters and you should also have great options living in Florida between the Gulf and the Atlantic. I have yet to see lionfish on a menu but if it would be a good restaurant I would definitely give it a try. It is a shame that they are so invasive a species.

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      Patricia Scott 

      2 months ago from sunny Florida

      They really are beautiful and quite prolific. I am uncertain if I would try one. I am a bit funny about fish. I know you have heard this from at least one other person...if it tastes 'fishy' I do not care for it. I think I may just leave consumption of this invasive fish to others and help the environment in some other way. Angels once again are on the way ps

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      Robert Sacchi 

      5 months ago

      I see, anything that lives in the water.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      5 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      Gulf shrimp are always good. As to seafood eaten...just about every variety imaginable can be found. Standards include salmon, tilapia, catfish, flounder, redfish, trout, halibut, lobster, crabs, clams, scallops and too many others to list.

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      Robert Sacchi 

      5 months ago

      Is there any fish dinner that's big along the Gulf Coast?

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      5 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      That is true. Harvesting fish by hand will always be more costly. In the case of lionfish a small percentage will end up on dinner plates. I have yet to see one on a restaurant menu in the Houston area.

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      Robert Sacchi 

      6 months ago

      That is good in the sense of harvesting them not upsetting the ecosystem. It does mean it's unlikely the price will come down anytime soon.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      6 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      I looked online and it appears that most lionfish not caught as a byproduct as in lobster and crab traps are caught by hand held nets or spearfishing. Few are caught using a hook and line. Recreational and commercial divers catch many of them.

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      Robert Sacchi 

      6 months ago

      Although I wonder how they capture lionfish. Are they schooling fish? The reason I ask is their might be more damage to the ecosystem catching them than the damage they cause.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      6 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      I hope so! That would be one effective method to hopefully get this invasive species under control.

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      Robert Sacchi 

      6 months ago

      Maybe at some point they'll have on menus Lionfish California or Texas style.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      6 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      Lionfish are in the Gulf of Mexico and have been spotted as long ago as in the 1980s. Texas has a long border along the Gulf of Mexico so yes...they have reached Texas.

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      Robert Sacchi 

      6 months ago

      Have lionfish reached Texas yet?

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      12 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      Sometimes it just takes a while to gather traction. The west coast often starts fads that then spread across the nation. Hope the eating of lionfish is one of them!

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      Robert Sacchi 

      12 months ago

      We will see if as California goes so goes the nation or if it's a west coast fad that goes nowhere.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      12 months ago from Houston, Texas

      That is great if lionfish are making it onto restaurant menus on the west coast. Hope that trend continues all across America.

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      Robert Sacchi 

      12 months ago

      It seems they are serving it on the west coast.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      12 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      Will look forward to restaurants in our area serving lionfish. Hope to see that someday!

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      Robert Sacchi 

      12 months ago

      Let's see what the price is first. The site lionfishsd.com seems to have information about lion fish entrees.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      12 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Dale,

      According to Andrew Zimmern it is a good and mild tasting fish. Good to know that you would be willing to try it. I would also. Perhaps if you were enjoying it your wife would want a bite of it. My husband and I often share bites from each other's plates if in a restaurant and particularly if trying new foods.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      12 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      It is a shame when species that are not native are introduced into waters and then they become invasive.

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      Dale Anderson 

      12 months ago from The High Seas

      I have never even heard of the idea of eating lionfish so the title of this article grabbed me immediately. Yes, I think I would try it but it's a split decision here as my wife says she would definitely not try it.

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      Robert Sacchi 

      12 months ago

      Yes, we had a similar problem with snakehead catfish in our area.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      12 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      People still purchase lionfish for aquariums. It might be that was part of the problem when some escaped into our local waters either due to accident or people releasing them on purpose not knowing the damage they would do to the environment.

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      Robert Sacchi 

      12 months ago

      Caribbean Volitan Lionfish - Pterois volitan - Large - $59.99. The pet place.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      12 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      The main reason to start eating them is to keep them in control since they are an invasive species doing much harm to the environments in which they should never have been introduced. I will admit that they are certainly pretty.

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      Robert Sacchi 

      12 months ago

      In the case of lionfish they may be more valuable as pets.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      12 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      That is probably true! Haha!

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      Robert Sacchi 

      12 months ago

      True. I remember a radio commentator saying whoever was the first person to eat a lobster much have been very hungry.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      12 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      Not too surprising as there are so many creatures in the sea. There are numerous ones which would be edible but for one reason or another we eat just certain kinds in some countries. Sometimes it has to do with appearance.

      In the case of lionfish anyone preparing them has to be careful in handling them with regard to those sharp spines.

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      Robert Sacchi 

      12 months ago

      Hopefully she does and clarifies. It is surprising there was no interest in the lionfish as food until it became an invasive species.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      12 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      Perhaps she meant that they do not eat the lionfish? If she does not check back she will not see your comment regarding where these fish are in native waters.

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      Robert Sacchi 

      12 months ago

      Sudipa are you sure? The lionfish is native to the Indo-Pacific region.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      12 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Sudipa,

      It is a good thing if lionfish are not invading your waters.

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      Sudipa 

      12 months ago from India

      We don't get this in India. :)

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      14 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      Eating them is certainly one way to help reduce the problem of invasive species no matter if they are plant or animal.

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      Robert Sacchi 

      14 months ago

      I stumbled on an article on the Orange County register titled "One way to save the environment from evasive species? Eat them" by Lauren Williams. It's about eating weeds. When I saw it I thought of your Lion Fish article.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      14 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      Please do that. Would be interesting to know.

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      Robert Sacchi 

      14 months ago

      I'll let you know if I see it somewhere.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      14 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      That is good to know. Perhaps lionfish will make it on the menu someday!

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      Robert Sacchi 

      14 months ago

      British Airways is using Monk Fish. Asian airlines are using fish Americans would consider odd.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      14 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      That would be wonderful. Somehow I doubt that an airline would have that as their first fish choice. Maybe someday!

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      Robert Sacchi 

      14 months ago

      I also work for an airline catering company so maybe it'll show up on our orders.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      14 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Like you I have yet to see lionfish on a restaurant menu. I will certainly be on the lookout for it!

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      Robert Sacchi 

      14 months ago

      Exactly, dolphin, the fish, has nothing in common with dolphin, the mammal. Haven't seen lionfish at my local restraunt yet.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      14 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      From what I have learned mahi mahi is actually a different type of fish compared to the dolphin which is an air breathing mammal. So you are right in thinking that you are not eating Flipper. If you get a chance, order lionfish if it is on the menu. You will be doing a good thing for the environment!

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      Robert Sacchi 

      14 months ago

      My favorite is dolphin. It's served in restaurants as mahi mahi. I guess they don't want people to think the restaurant is serving Flipper.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      14 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      It is interesting that fish are sometimes given other names and/or displayed in manners to entice buyers to purchase them.

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      Robert Sacchi 

      14 months ago

      Interesting Rajan Singh Jolly mentions a the bizzare looking fish. In the U.S. they sell goosefish, a species of anglerfish, under the name monkfish. They strategically display them without their heads. I was impressed when a local Korean supermarket has a graphic of the whole fish on display.

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      Peggy Woods 

      14 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rajan,

      I like watching that television show called Bizarre Foods but agree with you that some of what they eat which is shown on that show would be hard to swallow unless a person was starving. As to the lionfish, I would definitely try it if I saw it on a restaurant menu. It is a shame that it is such an invasive species.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      14 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Though I would never be able to eat bizzare foods like insects or others I could have tried this fish a few years back. Now that I am a vegetarian it is just not possible.

      All the same, I agree one must take whatever steps are needed to survive.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      Have you ever watched the TV show Bizarre Foods? People in different parts of the world have been eating insects by choice and apparently relish them. It is as normal to harvest them as it is other sources of protein. I enjoy watching that show on occasion. One can learn much about how people live as well as what they choose to eat.

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      C E Clark 

      2 years ago from North Texas

      Yes, I know insects are becoming more and more popular, at least to feed poor people. Always looking for a way to throw them something to eat that doesn't cost too much so the thrower won't look too stingy and Scroogish.

      A very informative article and I am glad to share it again. I hope you are staying cool down there. Mid to upper 90s here everyday, and to be 100 in a few days. If the humidity would come down a little it would help I think. Take care . . .

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Patricia,

      I seriously doubt that lionfish will ever make it to a Sam's Club or a Costco. Would be great if that happened. It is nice to be able to sample foods before purchasing them. Thanks for the share. Thinking of all of you...especially your grandson...at this time.

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      Many people around the world eat insects for a food source. It is interesting how diets vary around the world. Supposedly it is a high protein food source. You are correct from what I have read in that it is only the spines of lionfish that are poisonous. So no danger in eating them in restaurants if filleted and served. Thanks for the shares. Yes...it is hot down here as well. AC's working overtime!

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      Patricia Scott 

      2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hopefully there will be a way to stem the tide of this invasion, if you would call it that. I am not sure if I would order it without having sampled it, you know what I mean? Maybe give me a little sample like they do at Sam's Club and let me see if it is something I will enjoy.

      Great hub, Peggy. Hoping all is well with you.

      Once again Angels are on the way ps shared

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      C E Clark 

      2 years ago from North Texas

      They certainly are pretty and exotic looking. Interesting that once they're ready to cut up the poisonous spines aren't poisonous anymore. I guess it would depend on the mood I'm in as to whether I would eat them in a restaurant. At least they aren't disgusting to look at while they're alive like some sea creatures.

      I've read recently that they're making something called cricket flour. Using it to make things just like with wheat flour, or adding it into processed foods so that less wheat flour is required. They just grind up the entire cricket to powder/dust and voila! I think lionfish are far more preferable to crickets prepared in any form.

      Very interesting with great photos and videos as usual. Sharing with my followers and pinned to my 'Yellow & Orange IV' board on Pinterest.

      Hope all is well with you and that you are surviving the awful heat and humidity. Our THI has been as high as 13 up here. Take care . . .

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello word55,

      Glad to be of assistance with regard to informing you about lionfish. :)

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      Word 

      2 years ago from Chicago

      Um Peggy, ya learn something everyday. Very interesting. Thanks for sharing this info.

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi The Examiner-1,

      I have personally never cleaned a fish and doubt that I would start especially with a lionfish. I would buy the fillets however if I saw them in a store. It would be pretty easy to see if the fins were removed. Are you thinking the scales are poisonous? I think from what I have read that it is only the fins that could be a problem.

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Gordon,

      You certainly understand the problem first hand from what you wrote. If I ever see lionfish on a menu, I will certainly order it.

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      The Examiner-1 

      2 years ago

      I would still rather do it myself and be sure that the fins are removed entirely. Because there are some restaurants/employees these days that would not bother with that. Or at least not worry about all of the fins.

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      Gordon Hamilton 

      2 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      As both a sea fisherman and a seafood lover, I am frequently dismayed by what mankind has done to the waters of this planet. In many instances, once popular fish have been over fished to the brink of extinction, while in others, species are being allowed to flourish in waters not suited to their natural environment for so many reasons. I have never heard of lionfish before but I would certainly be willing to give eating them a try. If they are becoming problematic in terms of over-populating their non-natural environment, I agree with you that finding tasty recipes and promoting them accordingly is an excellent part solution. Hope you get to experiment in this respect and share your results :)

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi The Examiner-1,

      Apparently the toxins are only in the fins and rarely do people eat the fins of fish. So I would not be too concerned about that.

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      The Examiner-1 

      2 years ago

      In a restaurant I would not trust that it was cooked/heated long enough or high enough to delete the venom.

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Genna,

      It does seem that way...often the most beautiful of things are toxic. Interesting. I just hope they get a handle on this problem before it is too late.

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      Genna East 

      2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I sometimes wonder why the most beautiful creatures often the most dangerous. The fact that their toxins can be destroyed at high cooking temperatures, and they are good eating, makes this an ideal item to include on restaurant menus -- an effective way of dealing with their damaging overpopulation and evening out the odds. Very interesting hub.

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      Robert Sacchi 

      2 years ago

      To The Examiner-1, some things are strange but true :-)

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      The Examiner-1 

      2 years ago

      This is to Robert Sacchi -- I did not know so I looked in my dictionaries and I think I found it in one of my crossword dictionaries. I could not believe it.

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      I think that many people are probably confused regarding the different types of dolphins. I would want no part of eating the ones like Flipper but the others...no problem.

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      The Examiner-1,

      You are being very careful which is a good thing. Sustainable fishing is also good as well as eating the right kind of fish. I had some delicious salmon today in a teriyaki sauce with caramelized brussels sprouts. Yum!

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Kaili Bisson,

      As you mentioned invasive species no matter what type or where are certainly a problem. Let's hope measures will be successful to lessen the damage done by them.

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      The Examiner-1,

      Actually it is related to this hub because lionfish were most probably first pets before they got introduced to the waters in which they are now becoming a problem.

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      Robert Sacchi 

      2 years ago

      Yes, I have joked around with my family about mahi mahi being dolphin. They didn't believe me until I took out my Peterson First Guide Fishes and showed them yes, mahi mahi is the name for fish known as dolphin. Not flippers relatives :-)

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      The Examiner-1 

      2 years ago

      Both the tuna and the salmon which I buy are in water. I buy the ones caught in the cold upper Pacific waters with nets. I only eat about .85 oz -1 oz. per day because you are only supposed to have 6 oz. of each per week. Since I have them each day then I have to make it small servings. That is why I mix other ingredients with them.

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Linda,

      It truly is scary that they have worked their way up this far and are threatening the health of reefs up the east coast and into the Gulf of Mexico. Hope we can get a handle on it before it is too late!

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      They often call fish by some other name in supermarkets...so who knows if they start marketing lionfish what it will be called. As to mahi mahi...the type we eat is not the warm air breathing dolphins. Checking with Wikipedia, the ones we eat as mahi mahi are sea breathing ones more related to perch. So if you eat mahi mahi...you are not eating Flipper. Remember that TV show? So cute!

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      Kaili Bisson 

      2 years ago from Canada

      These invasive species are a problem everywhere, from snakes in the Everglades to zebra mussels in the Great Lakes. I'm sure if the idea of adding these to menus caught on, they would be fished in great numbers.

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi The Examiner-1,

      You must really like tuna & salmon if you eat them daily. How many ounces of each do you allow yourself to eat? Whenever I open a can of tuna our cat comes running. She loves the tuna juice. We purchase the kind that is in water instead of oil.

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      Yes there are a few predators for lionfish but the problem is that they are few and far between. That is why the population of them is exploding.

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      The Examiner-1 

      2 years ago

      Peggy, I know that this is not related to your Hub but I believe that I recall the lionfish used as a pet.

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi FlourishAnyway,

      That is a good idea in addition to people eating them. The pet food industry is huge. That could be another source of using lionfish. It would probably depend upon the costs involved of catching them if it would be feasible to sell it as cat food.

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      Linda Crampton 

      2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I didn't know that lionfish can now be found in North American waters. That's scary! They are certainly a beautiful fish, though. Thanks for sharing the information, Peggy.

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      Robert Sacchi 

      2 years ago

      It would be interesting to see if they market it under its real name. In the case of the anglerfish, they market it as monkfish. In supermarkets they display them with their heads off. Interestingly in a Lotte supermarket they have a graphic showing the anglerfish in all its uglyness. I wonder if they call dolphin "mahi mahi" because they don't want people to think they are being fed a sea mammal.

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      The Examiner-1 

      2 years ago

      Peggy, I researched the tuna and salmon so that I knew how much to eat. If I remember correctly, I got the results for weekly amounts and then I divided that by 7 days. That way I could eat some of them each day. :)

      Now I have the tuna for lunch in a salad which I make myself. And I have a sandwich for supper - with other items - that includes the salmon.

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rachel,

      People don't typically eat the fins of fish and if handled properly there is no problem. As to lionfish becoming endangered...there is little risk of that. In fact at the rate they are reproducing something NEEDS to be done to cull some of them from our oceans where they are invasive. I agree with you in that they are a very beautiful fish.

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi The Examiner-1,

      Good that you know the facts about fish like tuna, etc. It is always helpful to know what we are putting into our bodies by way of food.

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      Robert Sacchi 

      2 years ago

      Hopefully one way or another they will get this problem under control. I watched an interesting video of a grouper stalking and eating a lion fish.

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Blond Logic,

      I agree totally with what you say. Dandelion greens are tasty and good for one. So it is (apparently) with lionfish.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      Although I might not eat them it would be neat if they could make them into cat food. Cats would love them.

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Frank,

      They are indeed beautiful fish. Something needs to be done to get them under control whether people eat them or not. If nothing is done we may lose other types of fish upon which we rely for our food.

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      From the videos I saw it appears that most of the lionfish are caught by divers with spears. So it would not be a factor of catching other types of fish like happens with shrimp. Apparently there are so many lionfish that quite a number of them can be caught rather quickly (which is bad, of course because they are so heavily populating our waters.) On the other hand if they become a common food source...that would be good that they are so easily caught. As to expense...I would imagine that it is more labor intensive compared to just casting a net.

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      Rachel L Alba 

      2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Peggy, The Lion fish is quite beautiful, but I would not want to eat it. Especially since I just found out the fins are poison. I just wouldn't want to take a chance. I didn't know it could be eaten. I would also hate to see it become an endangered species if it became popular. Thanks for showing this fish, I love to see pictures and videos of fish.

      Blessings to you.

    • The Examiner-1 profile image

      The Examiner-1 

      2 years ago

      I agree about eating fish in small quantities. I already eat tuna and salmon. The lionfish would probably have its pros/cons. The question is which side would be more.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Jackie,

      Sorry to hear that your dad is gone and no longer able to cook fish for you as you like. My dad was more into grilling steaks when he was alive but my hubby is great at cooking fish...and so much more. Thanks for the share.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      The Examiner-1,

      Depending upon how it is served and in what quantity, most fish is good for people. I know that some of the larger ones like tuna can absorb toxins that pregnant women should avoid. But in smaller doses most people would gain more than they lose. Good idea to do your research.

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      Mary Wickison 

      2 years ago from Brazil

      I think there are many things which could be kept in check by eating them. This is one of them. Instead of seeing it as invasive, just encourage eating it to a sustainable level. To me it seems a logical step. Manufactures could put it in fish sticks, and who would complain as long as it tasted good.

      I feel the same about dandelions, everyone complains about them but they are full of vitamins and work well in salads (among other things).

    • Frank Atanacio profile image

      Frank Atanacio 

      2 years ago from Shelton

      I don't think I'll be eating lionfish but they are beautiful creatures

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