The Lionfish Have Invaded, But . . .

Repeating Islands

fishIn the June 2018 issue of Smithsonian Magazine, Jeff MacGregor writes, “The lionfish have invaded, but a ragtag army of divers and chefs are fighting back. Those waging the war against this devastating wave of the venomous species have taken on an ‘eat ‘em to beat ’em’ approach.” Here are just a few excerpts from this fascinating article, which includes spectacular photographs by Ben Lowy, and an excellent, related piece by Daniel Fernández, “Please Pass the Invasive,” which focuses on chefs and businesses (like Whole Foods) committed to the consumption of lionfish for a cause.

[. . .] How they got here no one really knows. Like giant shoulder pads and the music of Frank Stallone, some things about the 1980s remain inexplicable. The arrival in American waters of the lionfish is one of these mysteries. There are a couple of recurring stories, but they don’t really add up…

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