Capt. Jerry Blair’s Fight to Eradicate the Invasive Lionfish in the Virgin Islands
CRUISING WORLD MAGAZINE FEATURES AN ARTICLE ABOUT THE CATAMARAN “BRAVEHEART” & CAPT. JERRY BLAIR’S FIGHT TO ERADICATE THE INVASIVE LIONFISH FOUND IN THE VIRGIN ISLANDS AND THE REST OF CARIBBEAN.
The Catamaran BRAVEHEART and Capt. Jerome Blair are featured in the June 2013 issue of Cruising World Magazine in an article about what they are doing to combat the invasive Lionfish while helping to save the coral reefs in the Virgin Islands and the Caribbean.
If left unchecked the Lionfish will destroy our entire coral reef marine ecosystem because of their voracious appetites, fast growth, and exponential reproductive rates combined with the fact that they have no natural predators except man.
One saving grace is that Lionfish are very delicious to eat. Capt. Jerry says they often cook them up in several different ways during charter. He has been testing the Lionfish for ciguatera toxin in the BVI and have been eating Lionfish from the north side of the BVI without incident.
Chef Dawn will have a Lionfish recipe in the upcoming sequel to the Charter Yacht Society's cookbook “Dining on Deck”, due out in November.
BRAVEHEART has a Lionfish on board in a small aquarium and have noticed the guests are taking a keen interest in watching the behavior of the Lionfish and other species of crabs, mantis shrimp and conch we have in the aquarium.
They have noticed that in searching for Lionfish their guests have developed a real appreciation and interest in the entire coral reef ecosystem along with the many creatures it contains. Guests are seeing and discovering more about our marine world while they are here because of it.
Join Capt. Jerry in the fight against the invasive Lionfish by learning more about the Lionfish problem and what you can do to help by reporting all sightings to Reef Guardians BVI at the following Facebook page:
Capt. Jerry encourages you to mark your sightings with their Lionfish markers, available at any dive shop in the BVI and to encourage your crew to carry these markers on board as well.
Lionfish markers consist of a wine cork, 6' brightly colored marking tape, and a large washer for weight. Some of the crews have been trained in how to remove Lionfish and have the tools to do so, while some crews are only able to sight them and mark them.
To learn more about the invasive Indo-Pacific Lionfish visit Capt. Jerry’s non-profit website visit:
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