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Lionfish in the Atlantic Ocean

Updated: Jan 6, 2022

Lionfish are an invasive species in the Atlantic Ocean with no natural predators in Bermuda's waters. They can consume other species that are larger than half of their own size and they reproduce at a staggering pace. It is important we try our best to control their population if we want to mitigate the negative impact they have on Bermuda's reef biodiversity.


Their Diet

Lionfish will virtually eat anything that crosses their path. I think of them as a giant vacuum but instead of picking up dust, they just sort of suck up any marine species nearby. Their stomach also keeps expanding and can increase to even thirty times its regular size. "A single small lionfish may reduce the number of juvenile native fish on any given reef by approximately 79% in just 5 months" is just a staggering statistic to try and wrap your head on the impact they can have on Bermuda's reef biodiversity. With no one above them in the natural food chain in the Atlantic ocean, we must do our part to spear them and find creative ways to get their population under control.


Population of Lionfish

Apart from the absurd amount of other fish they eat, another frightening fact is the rate at which they reproduce. "Female lionfish reach sexual maturity after roughly one year and lay anywhere from 10,000 to 30,000 unfertilized eggs EVERY FOUR DAYS." The sheer volume off eggs they produce, combined with how often they can spawn means we may not ever fully eradicate them. However we can do our best to try and keep them under control.


Ways We Can Help

Here are some ideas to help keep the Lionfish population under control:

Get your spearfishing license and start culling them today!

In Bermuda, email permits@lionfish.bm and purchase a regulation spear, you can spear lionfish either freediving or scuba diving, then keep track of your culls at lionfish.bm

You should also check out the Bermuda Lionfish Culling Program: https://www.facebook.com/BermudaLionfishCullingProgram/


Find Creative ways to use them!

Eat 'em to Beat 'em

Donate to the Lionfish Task force






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