The Lion Fish is a problem to the coral reefs of Bonaire
The Lion Fish is a problem to the coral reefs of Bonaire. It is known to eat all the small reef fishes that we love to look at during our dives and snorkel trips. And because it doesn’t belong to the Caribbean it doesn’t have many predators. The question is how you, the tourist on Bonaire can help control the Lion Fish problem?
The answer is simple. Eat them.
Fortunately for us, Lion Fish have moist, buttery meat that is often compared to hogfish, one of the most popular reef fish served in restaurants. The mild taste and flaky texture allow Lion Fish meat to be prepared in a wide variety of different ways. From raw to deep fried, grilled to blackened, Lion Fish dishes are bound to fit anyone’s taste.
By eating Lion Fish, you’re not only treating yourself to a new, tasty dish, but also doing your part to help save native reef fish from this voracious predator. Not to mention it’s good for you! Lion Fish have proven to be high in Omega 3 fats, which play a crucial role in brain function and may reduce the risk of heart disease.
“The Lion Fish is a problem to the coral reefs of Bonaire”
Some Restaurants that serve Lion Fish on Bonaire:
Pasa Bon Pizza
Blue Garden Grill
Several food trucks around the island
If you happen to get a Lion Fish from your Dive Master you can take it to almost any restaurant and the cook will make you a delicious meal from it. Below is one of my favorite recipes for preparing Lion Fish. For more ideas, check out REEF’s Lion Fish Cookbook, and then ask your local Dive Master on Bonaire on how to get your hands on this delicious intruder.
Lion Fish Ceviche
- 8 Lion Fish fillets
- 1 tomato
- 2 scotch bonnet peppers
- ½ onion
- 8 limes
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
Preparation: Dice fish into 1-inch pieces and place in a shallow dish. In a small bowl, juice the 8 limes. Add the lime juice to fish and marinate 1 ½ hours.