This article by Sarah Lagan appeared in Bermuda’s Royal Gazette.
A champion lionfish hunter has revealed some of his top tips for catching the invasive species.
Bermudian Mark Outerbridge has won the freediving category of a winter lionfish tournament and has bagged 53 of the pests over nine separate freediving trips along the South Shore using just a spear, snorkel gear and a container to transport his catch.
Researcher Corey Eddy launched the tournament in January after an increase in lionfish being reported in shallow waters and because there were very few statistics about the species during the winter months in Bermuda. He also wanted to contribute to his research study at the University of Massachusetts.
Mr Outerbridge — part of the Lionfish Task Force, launched to combat the problem of the species depleting local fish populations — said that heading out at dusk was the best time to…
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