There is a book devoted to recipes, the lionfish cookbook, by david stone and lad akins, that not only offers scores of ways to prepare them but also helps conserve the ocean. This book provides a unique blend of tantalizing recipes. Reef also expanded these efforts to a broader caribbeanwide audience. The original 45 appetizer and entree recipes from the first edition are included as. Reef sells the lionfish cookbook for home chefs, and according to the new york times, some restaurants stateside offer invasive species on their menus miya in new haven, for example, has an allinvasive menu of sushi. The mctoob a new lionfish container lionfish hunting. Also called zebrafish, firefish, turkeyfish, tastyfish or butterflycod, it is characterized by conspicuous warning coloration with red, white, creamy, or black bands, showy pectoral fins, and venomous spiky fin rays. The facilitation of the caribbean regional lionfish workshop with key caribbean players in 2010, and the establishment of an adhoc committee on caribbean regional response to the. Flower gardens banks national marine sanctuary lionfish invitational. He s obviously a veteran in handling and preparing lionfish. Although it is highly unlikely that lionfish will ever be eradicated from their. A guide to control and management is an important step on an urgent and challenging journey.
If you buy a new copy of the book, rather than a used copy, then the nonprofit reef environmental education foundation survey group receive some of the proceeds from the sale of the book. The following is a video demonstration by lad akins, the special projects director working with lionfish at reef. A cookbook is the latest weapon in fight against lionfish invasion. Reef lionfish are an invasive species, with no natural predators in the atlantic and caribbean.
See more ideas about eat, food recipes and ethnic recipes. The caribbean s new delicacy, the lionfish cookbook by tricia ferguson and lad akins. Norman s lionfish, a new website from new york restaurateur ryan chadwick, is selling lionfish to both wholesale customers and adventurous home chefs. As the executive director of reef for16 years, he helped to. Invasion of the lionfish science smithsonian magazine. What s more, lionfish are decimating the local reef fish. A canadian native now living in the bahamas, tricia is a marine life. Reefs all over the caribbeanand especially in the bahamas, the. Coral reefs are full of many types of plants and animals. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium high heat until hot. This book is a unique blend of recipes with the background of the lionfish invasion and how to safely catch a lionfish. When oil is hot, dredge fish through beer batter, covering all of the fish fillet.
Recipes from the lionfish cookbook by tricia ferguson and lad akins, with photographs by. The method he demonstrates to safely handle and fillet a lionfish begins with peeling the skin off first. Reefs the lionfish cookbook named best in the world at. For those of you who can cook, then here is a cookbook that is dedicated just to some of the best and tastiest lionfish recipes. Regional lionfish committee international coral reef. I recommend it having tried out some of these recipes. Better late than never, cyprus begins culling lionfish. Stephanie green act as lead consultants on tcc s lionfish control and management program lcmp. Sea turtles, jellyfish, sharks, and dolphins all live in coral reefs. America go fishing online store reef lionfish cookbook bookcooklionfish released in february 2016, the new updated 2nd edition of the lionfish cookbook by reef reef environmental education foundation.
The lionfish is a maroonandwhite striped creature, but once it s cleaned, restaurant chefs and home cooks like to grill, bake and fry its firm white flesh. They have no natural predators and devour local fish that make up a healthy reef system. As bermuda has so aptly coined, we need to eat em to beat em. As a longtime caribbean diver, i was delighted to see the release of this timely work. Reef environmental education foundation conserving. A beautiful addition to the warm waters of florida and the caribbean, this nonnative species is wreaking havoc on the ecosystem. Reef releases lionfish cookbook reef environmental. Lionfish have a delicate, mildflavored, white meat and are considered a delicacy. Recipes feature seafood that can be caught or bought in the florida, the caribbean or south atlantic. To fight their spread, environmentalists and chefs. Pterois radiata, pterois volitans, and pterois miles are the most commonly. The lionfish are a delicious table fare with a delicate buttery flavor. Add fillets and squeeze 12 of the lemon s juice over the tops.
The second edition of the lionfish cookbook contains brand new recipes from highly regarded culinary professionals throughout the western atlantic, caribbean and gulf of mexico, all of. A new publication from the nonprofit reef environmental education foundation reef survey group, and a great one at that. One must take precaution in removing the spines, but the meat is completely edible and tastes great. Lionfish cookbook 2nd edition reef environmental education. America go fishing online store mbara seafood cookbook bookcookmbara released in june 2016, the new updated 3rd edition of the seafood cookbook by mbara mexico beach artificial reef association. In bonaire, the japanese restaurant osaka offers the bonairean caterpillar, a decorative lionfish sushi garnished with avocado. A major study showed that one lionfish can reduce the number of juvenile fish on a patch of reef by 79% in just five weeks. Proceeds from the sale of the book support reef s marine conservation and lionfish research and removal. I say eat more lionfish and save the reef while you are at it. That s the best thing about lionfish they are delicious, so you dont feel guilty killing so many of.
Contrary to what you may have heard, yes, it is safe to eat lionfish. Data on fish and invertebrate populations worldwide. He says his favorite way to prepare lionfish is in a ceviche. Significant local, national, and international media coverage of derby events has helped facilitate education to those not geographically connected to the invaded range. Mar 18, 2020 this is a collection of lionfish recipes from around the web. Reef, or reef environmental education foundation, is a key largo, fla. What i would say is if you have a spear with 6 prongs on, all with barbs, then that might not be recommended to use with the mctoob.
Competing against thousands of books from more than 200 countries, reefs the lionfish cookbook was awarded best in the world status in two categories at the 22nd annual gourmand world cookbook awards held last month in yantai, china. Lionfish are destroying our coral reefs planting peace. So i highly recommend the mctoob as a quality, well built, lionfish containment device. Remove cakes from pan and place back onto sheet pan. Filleting, cleaning, preparing lionfish to eat safe. L is for lionfish and lobster green fish blue oceans. Spearfisherman jarrad thomason, who has frequented florida s reef for the past 25 years, says that he noticed lionfish in deep water about 5 years ago, and now he hardly goes on a dive without seeing them. Reef has developed a lionfish cookbook to help derbygoers and individuals prepare tasty meals out of the fish. Lionfish cookbook reef lionfish cookbook, lionfish recipes. G cover to hold steam in and cook until fish is fork tender. If you want to buy the lionfish cookbook then click on amazon here for a direct link. Voracious lionfish wreaks havoc in florida keys 11 february 2010, by cammy clark at french reef, 30 feet below the ocean s surface, sea dwellers dive instructor dave jefferiss was on.
Reef releases lionfish cookbook reef environmental education. Pdf experimental assessment of lionfish removals to. Berry, seafood cookbook author, speaker, producer of green fish blue oceans podcast, and food and nature photographer. They feed on native reef life such as small crustaceans and fish, including. Bahamasbased chef tricia ferguson and reef director of special projects lad akins have gathered 45 delectable lionfish recipes for this glossy volume lionfish fritters, orange ginger lionfish, lionfish seafood lasagna you name it. Proceeds go to reef, an organization of divers and marine reseachers committed to ocean conservation. The reef environmental education foundation reef announces the release of the lionfish cookbook, a collection of 45 delicious recipes designed to encourage the removal and consumption of invasive lionfish in the atlantic. The international coral reef initiative icri, as an informal collective, is well placed to provide a mechanism for cooperation on the lionfish issue. Check out this great article for more information on debunking the rumors about eating lionfish. The reef environmental education foundation has just put out the lionfish cookbook, with 45 mouthwatering recipes. Gotta eat em to beat em, published in explorers journal, national geographic, july 10, 20.
The caribbeans new delicacy, the lionfish cookbook by tricia ferguson and lad akins. Released february 2016 the second edition of the lionfish cookbook contains brand new recipes from highly regarded culinary professionals throughout the western atlantic, caribbean and gulf of mexico, all of whom have created unique methods of preparing lionfish. Place the lionfish cakes in the pan make sure not to crowd them and cook until browned on each side. And now, we have lionfish which dont belong swimming all over our reef areas. Reef has focused on lionfish control and researching new ways to address the invasion. Proceeds from the sale of this book will support reefs marine conservation and lionfish research and removal programs. The lionfish invasion of the atlantic has been front page news lately. Lionfish derbies reef environmental education foundation. Cooks dressing fresh lionfish must watch the fish s spines. The volume provides a unique blend of tantalizing recipes, background on the lionfish invasion and its environmental impact, as well as information on how to safely catch, handle, and prepare the fish. The threat has prompted efforts to recruit the public to help fight the invasion. Here, lad demonstrates proper removal etiquette around delicate corals. The lionfish cookbook was recognized one of the top three books in the world in the categories of sustainable food book and fundraisingcharity book. Even the coral are like buildings full of small animals called polyps.
Lionfish herd smaller fish into pockets of coral reef or up against barriers and then swallow the prey in a single strike. The second edition of the lionfish cookbook contains brand new recipes from highly regarded culinary professionals throughout the western atlantic, caribbean and gulf of mexico, all of whom have created unique methods of preparing lionfish. Proceeds from the sale of the book will support reef s marine conservation and lionfish search and removal. If youre renting a house in florida or the caribbean and participate in a lionfish roundup, take a few lionfish home and. Lionfish derbies serve to educate participants and the public and raise awareness of the problem. August 21, 2014 a quick peek at our daily lionfish dives in curacao. A delicious and nutritious approach for controlling the invasion article pdf available in aacl bioflux 41 april 2011 with 492 reads.
In their native range, lionfish eat young damselfish, cardinal fish and. We focused on increasing education and outreach, applied research, and control programs. The second edition of the lionfish cookbook contains brand new recipes from. As a personal chef to the stars on bahamas harbour island, tricia has used her expertise with seafood to adapt, modify and develop compatible gourmet tastes and novel combinations for the 45 recipes in this volume to promote lionfish as the new caribbean delicacy. Pterois is a genus of venomous marine fish, commonly known as lionfish, native to the indopacific.
Stephanie green, phd has spent the better part of six years researching and documenting the impacts of lionfish in the bahamas and in the greater caribbean, partnering with the reef environmental education foundation reef, and authoring in the gulf and. That lionfish are delicious table fare with a delicate buttery flavor may be our best hope for helping to remove the fish and minimize its impacts. Reef environmental education foundation reef is dedicated to invasive lionfish research. This book provides a unique blend of tantalizing recipes, background on the lionfish invasion and its impacts, as well as information on how to safely catch, handle and prepare the fish. The polyps live together and work together to build the coral that is their home. A lionfish is a beautiful, wonderful, ornate reef fish, native to the indopacific ocean, said lad akins. A canadian native now living in the bahamas, tricia is a marine life enthusiast. The cookbook also has background on the lionfish invasion and its impacts, and details on how to effectively catch, handle and prepare the fish. Akins group wrote a lionfish cookbook and teaches divers how to spear lionfish.806 1409 62 938 387 578 1123 127 451 863 55 513 1200 124 700 274 255 200 101 806 455 470 238 487 238 1275 587 1357 584 1260 225 711 690 1290 1128 860 455 1274 189 645