Invasive Lionfish in the western Atlantic, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico is a recent revelation that is threatening native fish populations in a big way! While beautiful in aquariums and in their regions of origin, the Indo Pacific Lionfish are proving to be a serious problem for the fish populations in these invaded areas. Several organizations are hard at work researching this infestation and are taking steps towards a solution, or at least to try and control it somewhat. We became interested in this cause a few years ago while looking for places to go scuba diving in Panama. Locals were using heavy fibreglass spears that were rather expensive to buy, so ... we got involved!
And now with growing awareness and ongoing research, some interesting solutions to the problem have come to light! "Spear Lionfish and eat them" is now a common phrase! Consumption of this tasty fish has increased in popularity as fishermen, recreational divers and recreational snorkelers target them as a viable food source. Anyone can help towards controlling this problem species by asking for lionfish at markets and restaurants! Today there are efforts being made to design commercial traps for them which will provide income for fishermen and their families some day! Meanwhile we wanted to become involved ourselves ... so we came up with a better, lightweight and faster lionfish specific pole spear!
All in a day's work!