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Catch ‘em, clean ‘em, eat ‘em at Central Abaco Lionfish Derby

  • A $1,500 top prize will go to the person that catches the most lionfish at the fourth annual Lionfish Derby in Marsh Harbour, Abaco on Saturday, June 15. FILE

Published: May 24, 2013

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Catch ‘em, clean ‘em, eat ‘em – and win a little cash for your pocket as well with $1,500 going to the top lionfish catcher.

Friends of the Environment will host their fourth annual Lionfish Derby in Marsh Harbour, Abaco, at the Marsh Harbour Marina and Jib Room on Saturday, June 15, to help control the lionfish invasion.

Second place will walk away with $1,000 and $500 for third place.

There will also be additional prizes for the largest and smallest lionfish caught, plus $1 per lionfish up to 100 fish for fourth place and below. A maximum of four people per boat will be allowed.

For those who won’t be in Abaco during the derby, there’s another option in which they can partake. The Fish House in Marsh Harbour will take lionfish on a daily basis as people catch them. The Fish House will track how much lionfish they drop off and whoever catches the most lionfish between now and the derby will win $1,000.

Lionfish have become a major threat to the marine resources in The Bahamas. Although they say the fish is here to stay, derbies such as the Central Abaco Derby are a way to help maintain local populations and generate awareness about the voracious predator.

Each female lionfish has the ability to produce up to one million eggs each year so hypothetically speaking, if 50 percent of the total catch from this derby were female, participants of the derby eliminated over 1 billion lionfish eggs from Abaco’s waters in one day. Derbies can make an impact on local populations, but everyone can help control the lionfish invasion — catch ‘em, clean ‘em, eat ‘em.

The derby will commence on Friday, June 14, with a captain’s meeting and late registration, 5-7 p.m. The all day Saturday derby will start at sunrise and end at 4 p.m. with the awards and lionfish tasting at 6:30 p.m.


• Entry into the derby is free. For registration forms, visit www.FriendsoftheEnvironment.org or contact Friends of the Environment at 242-367-2721 or info@friendsoftheenvironment.org.

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