Why Caribbean divers are eager to kill the beautiful lionfish

Repeating Islands


NPR recently hosted a segment on how the Caribbean island of Bonaire is teaching divers how to catch the venomous lionfish through a lionfish hunting program to train people to remove this invasive species from the reefs. Here are excerpts with a link to the article and radio program below:

On the wall at the Buddy Dive Resort on the Caribbean island of Bonaire there’s an Old West-style poster. It sums up the feelings here about the beautiful lionfish, pictured with its plume of featherlike fins and amber and white stripes.

“Wanted: Dead,” reads the poster. The poster is an advertisement for a lionfish hunting course in Bonaire, a scuba diver’s paradise off the coast of Venezuela. The surrounding reef is a kaleidoscope of corals, sponges and exotic fish. But in recent years, it has also become home to the lionfish — an invasive species native to the Pacific and…

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