So far I have caught a grand total of 10,104 lionfish
Lionfish came to Grand Cayman in 2009 and we spotted our first one here in September of that year. So how many lionfish have I caught in each of my work permit years? I have caught:
- To 1st July 2010 = 44 (We didn’t start recording our kills until June 2010).
- To 1st July 2011 = 444
- To 1st July 2012 = 743
- To 1st July 2013 = 463 (The year someone stole my engine, hence the numbers went down).
- To 1st July 2014 = 2,218
- To 1st July 2015 = 2,192
- To 1st July 2016 = 2,039
- To 1st July 2017 = 1,636 (Had a 2 month vacation in India)
- To 1st July 2018 = 325
The 325 lionfish caught in the year so far to 1st July 2018 were split as follows:
- 235 in July 2017.
- 90 in August 2017.
My best ever total on one dive was 54 lionfish. On two dives it was 82 lionfish and on three dives it was 98 lionfish. The highest poundage I ever caught was the day I caught 98 lionfish, they weighed a mighty 84 pounds. And my best monthly total was 402 lionfish in July 2016.
We have found that over the years the lionfish we saw on average did get bigger and bigger, however, this did change a few years ago. We now seem to see less small and large individuals, with the majority now being medium size. Our Department Of Environment (DOE) asks us each month to report to them when we catch lionfish. For each dive where we catch lionfish they want to know the date, the dive site, the number of lionfish caught and their size, as follows:
- Small lionfish are less than 6 inches long.
- Medium lionfish are between 6 and 12 inches long.
- Large lionfish are over 12 inches long.
Of the 90 lionfish I caught in August, their sizes were as follows:
- 18 were small.
- 68 were medium.
- 4 were large.
The way our DOE measure the lionfish is a little different to the way they are measured for the official country and world records. The Cayman DOE measure the lionfish, excluding the tail, while the official island and world records measure the WHOLE fish.
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