But There is a Silver Lining:Lionfish are delicious. They fry up really nice, they are good in stew, and make wonderful ceviche. It's also a lot of fun to hunt them with spears. They are the only marine life you are allowed to hunt while diving, so they do add a whole new dynamic to diving that wouldn't exist without them. For a lot of people, killing lionfish has become second nature, and it's almost expected that you bring along a spear when fun diving. You can kill as many as you like, and there is no shortage of them either. Seeing 3 or 4 in a dive is almost routine. Annually, the dive shops on Utila organize a lionfish derby and cookout to promote the new sport. In 2011, they managed to catch a little over 300 lionfish in a single day. All of them hit the grill and were eaten up by the hungry masses in mere minutes. And let me tell you, everything was delicious. If you want to kill lionfish, help the environment, and get free lunch all at the same time, there's a few things you can do. First, plan for a few days of fun diving. You can't bring a spear along during any courses, so just plan on making a few extra dives just for fishing. If you don't already have your advanced certification you might consider getting it. The advanced certification extends your depth limits from 18 metres down to 30 metres. Lionfish love the deeper water, so your odds of seeing some you can reach improves dramatically. Finally, ask about diving on the North Side of Utila. Lionfish numbers are substantially greater on the North Side, and your kill count will benefit from that.
Our first underwater video! A Lionfish Killing Compilation.