09 December 2011 | French Harbor Roatan
80's with occasional showers
So as I told you I have started diving again and the man I dive with is certified to shoot lionfish. It is presently illegal to use a speargun in Roatan but it is legal to shoot the lion fish. So Dave has a license to kill! You see the Lion fish is not native to the Carribbean but has arrived over the last several years with no natural predators, it is a threat to native species that it is eating. The fins you see are poisonous so you don't want to touch.
One story is that an aquarium containing the fish was accidentally released during hurricaine Andrew some years back. The official NOAA site says people have dumped unwanted lionfish for years. So now there are lionfish roundups in Roatan and Bocas Del Toro and I believe the Bahamas where people go out to compete bring back as many lionfish as possible and then local restaurants compete with various recipes to prepare the fish to be eaten.
It is not a big fish but when it opens up the fins (more like a peacock or a turkey than a lion) it is quite imposing about the size of a volleyball.
Dove again yesterday quite deep so I am taking some time off and doing boat chores etc. The number of boats in the anchorage is increasing daily.