First Annual Lionfish Derby Today

The first Annual Lionfish Tour of the Grenadines is taking place from today, as efforts continue to battle the lionfish invasion in the country’s waters.

The Mayreau Regatta and Sporting Committee, together with Grenadines Dive, will be working with dive shop operators, fishermen, chefs, residents and visitors on Bequia, Mustique and Canouan to combat lionfish invasion.

The Committee says in a release that on each island, the Committee will offer workshops on how to safely handle and cook lionfish, they’ll hunt lionfish and then serve up their catches at lionfish tasting events.

Today, the group will be travelling up to Bequia, doing a free workshop on safe handling of lionfish at the Paget Farm community centre at four this afternoon.

Tomorrow, the Group will be doing a lionfish hunt with Dive Bequia and Bequia Dive Adventures and on Wednesday, the group will travel to Mustique for a similar workshop at 11:30am, a lionfish hunt and a 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.