“Eat’ em” stratagem for lionfish invasion in Florida Wed Dec 29, 8:00 pm ET  MIAMI (Reuters) – Florida marine conservationists have come up with a simple recipe for fighting the invading lionfish that is gobbling up local reef life — eat them. The Key Largo-based REEF conservation organization has just released “The Lionfish Cookbook,” a collection of 45 recipes which is the group’s latest strategy to counter an invasion of the non-native reddish brown-striped fish in Florida waters. “It’s absolutely good eating — a delicacy. It’s delicately flavored white meat, very buttery,” Lad Akins, director of special projects for Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF), told Reuters. He authored the cookbook along with a professional chef, Tricia Ferguson.

A lionfish is pictured in the waters near Miami Florida, in this undated photograph released on December 29, 2010.  REUTERS/REEF/Handout A lionfish is pictured in the waters near Miami Florida, in this undated photograph released on December 29, 2010.  REUTERS/REEF/Handout