We were told that most lionfish now are congregated where the docks and piers are because diving is not allowed there. I was also told that the big ships drag in water for their stability in Florida and then they come here, release that water, and when some eggs or specimens survive, they are then released here, and vice versa.
It is unending. We can only try to control its reproduction. And it is working in Cozumel. We were also told that there is now a factory where all lionfish are deposited and then sold to restaurants. Someone is already commercializing the lionfish!
I propose that we organize a lionfish hunt 3 times a year in Akumal. I propose that all 3 dive shops in Akumal have a lionfish hunt dive once a week and invite all dive masters, instructors and divers in the area to participate. This event should not be held on the same day as another shop. They should all pick a different day to do this. It is more effective this way.
If we continue to do this in unity and perseverence, we will control the lionfish explosion in our area and we will save our indigenous species.
I am willing to do my part with my team to help organize this, and to train about the safe and effective methods of capturing lionfish, which we have developed together.
Method for catching lionfish:
It takes 2 people to effectively catch a lionfish safely and diligently.
One spears it. It is still alive. Same person, or buddy, stabs head with a knife to kill it. Two reasons for this: 1) It ceases to suffer; 2) It will not escape out of the bag every time it is opened to put another lionfish inside.
With two people it is easier to accomplish all this. One opens the bag and holds it, while the other takes out the long kitchen tongs, to take the fish off the spear and put into the bag.
Tightly draw strings on the bag and continue the hunt.
And according to Chef and lionfish hunter Gynna: ALSO, when hunting lionfish it is important NOT to hit them from above. You must get to their level or a bit lower than they are, and the fish should be showing its side, to ensure a sure shot.