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

NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.


A new study has identified a set of features common to all ocean ecosystems that provide a visual diagnosis of the health of the underwater environment coastal communities rely on.

Together, the features detail cumulative effects of threats -- such as overfishing, pollution, and invasive species,  allowing responders to act faster to increase ocean resiliency and sustainability.

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