The Bahamas is hoping that fisherman can gain some economic benefit from harvesting lionfish, and simultaneously help balance the delicate ecosystem. Fishermen in The Bahamas, and most Caribbean countries are slow to catch onto the harvesting of lionfish because they are not known yet as a source of income and sustenance. This will likely come to light as fishermen realize lionfish are rapidly reproducing (about five times a year), and depleting the commercial stock of lobster, grouper and conch.
The Bahamas National Trust conducts workshops and demonstrations where fishermen can learn how to prepare and dispose of lionfish, which is a tricky removal of poisonous spines, resulting in a tender delicacy.
Right now The Bahamian Government is committed to find effective ways and means to reduce the lionfish population in it’s waters. Lionfish hold a substantial market value as a gourmet delicacy, and can become a profitable produce market for the country.