National Fisherman


It's become one of the ingredients most sought after by local chefs and food lovers: the lionfish.
 
This spiny, venomous and perniciously invasive creature — once prized only by saltwater-aquarium aficionados — is as elusive on area menus as it is prolific in South Florida's waters.
 
But Sunday, locals will get a rare chance to feast on this candy-striped invader during Lionfish Fest, a two-day lionfish roundup and cooking competition in south Fort Myers.
 
"I'm stoked to try out a new fish," said Brian Roland, chef and founder of Naples' Crave Culinaire which will compete in Sunday's lionfish cook-off. "I'm hoping if the demand starts to pick up here then more fishermen will try to start and source it."
 
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Inside the Industry

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced last week the sixth round of grant awards from its Fisheries Innovation Fund, a program launched in 2010 to foster innovations that support sustainable fisheries in the United States. 

The goal of the Fisheries Innovation Fund is to sustain fishermen and fishing communities while simultaneously rebuilding fish stocks.

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Alaskan Leader Fisheries will give Inmarsat’s new high-speed broadband maritime communications service, Fleet Xpress, a try on the 150-foot longline cod catcher/processor Alaskan Leader.

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