The Mayreau Regatta and Sporting Committee is hosting the first Annual Lionfish Tour of the Grenadines, as efforts continue to reduce the lionfish population in the waters of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The Committee is collaborating with Grenadines Dive, and working along with Dive Shop Operators, Fishermen, Chefs, Residents and visitors on Bequia, Mustique and Canouan to combat the lionfish invasion.
The Committee says in a release that it will conduct workshops on each island, on how to safely handle and cook lionfish. The committee says the stakeholders will also hunt lionfish and then serve up the catches at lionfish tasting events.
Today, the group travelled to Bequia, to conduct a workshop on safe handling of lionfish at the Paget Farm Community Centre.
And, tomorrow, the Group will be doing a lionfish hunt with Dive Bequia and Bequia Dive Adventures. On Wednesday, the group will travel to Mustique for a similar workshop at 11:30am, and a lionfish hunt will take place at 5 p.m.
The Mayreau Regatta and Sporting Committee held their first lionfish derby on April 26,
The group says it is grateful to the United Nation’s Global Environment Facility Small Grant program for enabling this expansion of their efforts to manage the lionfish invasion.