The McToob – a new lionfish container

The McToob is the latest lionfish containment device to hit the market. It was invented by James McVey who lives here locally on Grand Cayman, where I live. I got to test out a McToob recently on a couple of dives and I was most impressed. The McToob is a very sturdy containment device made from PVC. The rectangular box is 22 inches long and will hold 50% more volume than a 6.5 inch diameter, … Continue reading

Lionfish polespears

So what is a polespear? It’s an underwater tool for catching (spearing) fish. If you look at the picture of me above you will see the one I use.  A polespear is basically made up of a pole, a spear tip and a rubber loop. The pole is usually between 2.5-feet and 10-feet long and made of fiberglass, carbon fibre, aluminium or graphite. The longer versions often break down into several pieces that screw together. The … Continue reading

More evidence of sharks eating lionfish

We had a great day diving today with Tortuga Divers in Grand Cayman, seeing sharks on both dives in the morning, and on the dive in the afternoon. We are used to often seeing sharks on the east end of Grand Cayman. Mainly we see Caribbean grey reef sharks as well as a few Nurse sharks and if we are really lucky maybe a Hammerhead or Tiger shark. Well, today we saw 6 Caribbean grey reef … Continue reading

Nutritional value of lionfish

Lionfish is a healthy choice of fish to eat as they are shown to have a higher concentration of heart healthy Omega 3 fatty acids and a lower concentration of Omega 6 fatty acids. This all helps your cholesterol as the fatty acids in lionfish help to lower your bad cholesterol (LDL) and raise your good cholesterol (HDL). Nutritional studies have also found lionfish to be high in lean protein, and that lionfish, compared to … Continue reading

Killer robot to kill lionfish?

I was absolutely fascinated by this article from the Huffington Post, and to see what scientists from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) are doing with killer robots on the Great Barrier reef. Simply click on the picture below and the original article will open in a separate window. How amazing is that submersible robot, which the scientists at QUT  have named COTSbot.  Blown away that technology on this sort of level can operate underwater in a 3d … Continue reading

Lionfish fighting it out like Mike Tyson

Since 2009 when lionfish came to Grand Cayman I have dived with them many times with or without my pole spear. Most of the time I see a single lionfish trying to hide itself somewhere on a mini-wall. Or I see one hanging around pointing its tail and therefore spines in my direction. Or I see a whole group together, my record for that is about 17 together in one small area. I am led … Continue reading

How to cook lionfish

Restaurants that serve lionfish in Grand Cayman

So you want to know how to cook lionfish. Well like there are many ways to cook fish, there are many ways to cook lionfish. Here are some of the ways you can turn lionfish into a tasty meal: Make them into a fishcake and pan fry (skillet) them Make them into a rosti and pan fry them Batter them and deep fry them, and have them as a fritter Cover them in breadcrumbs and pan … Continue reading

Lionfish recipes

Of all the lionfish recipes that are out there, this is by far my absolute favorite: (Click to open in a new window) The reason why it is my favorite recipe is because I have cooked lionfish fish cakes many times and I love them, my wife regards them as addictive and everyone else who has had them want more. Lots more!  People invite themselves round for dinner so we can make them more of … Continue reading

How to fillet a lionfish

Just like many things in life, knowing how to fillet a lionfish is a real skill. I have a fillet knife at home which I keep very sharp but like most things in life, you have to practice to become, and remain, good at something. When I haven’t cut up a lionfish for a month or two then my filleting is rubbish. But 4 or 5 fish later and it all comes back to me, … Continue reading

How long can lionfish live

Well it has got to be said “When I’m around NOT very long, HA HA”. Here on Grand Cayman where I live we have a UNIQUE opportunity to control lionfish. We will never be able to eradicate them completely but we can, and are, controlling their numbers. Grand Cayman is only 22 miles long by about 4 miles wide and most importantly it has a very small coastal shelf. This is a view of part … Continue reading