How Safe Is It To Eat Lionfish?
"Ciguatera fish poisoning (CFP) is one of the most common marine poisons in the world. There are more than fifty thousand cases reported each year, though the true number of poisonings has been estimated to be closer to five hundred thousand. Seventy percent of those who live in the Pacific islands may have been poisoned at least once.
In some heavily infested places, like the Bahamas, organizations like the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) have sponsored “derbies,” which can haul in thousands of lionfish in a single day. In a related effort, REEF, along with NOAA, have begun to encourage people to eat lionfish. They published a lionfish cookbook, and tout the taste and nutritional benefits of the fish’s flesh. In one fell swoop, that turned fishermen into conservationists.
However, the concern that lionfish may contain ciguatera is getting in the way of lionfish cuisine.”
Learn about a recent study that investigates the toxicity of lionfish at Conservation Magazine.