Jamaica Information Service
By Alecia Smith-Edwards, JIS Reporter – 27 March 2012
There is renewed call for Jamaicans to consume lionfish in a bid to control the impact of the species on marine life.
This comes as the Scotiabank Group launched its ‘Scotia Goes Green On Lion Fish: Let’s Eat Them to Beat Them’ campaign on March 22 at the University of the West Indies Port Royal Marine Laboratory and Biodiversity Centre in Kingston.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Donovan Stanberry, in his remarks at the launch, said the lionfish, due to its pervasive nature, has compounded the Government’s efforts to replenish the local fish stock.
He noted however, that the fish “is an enemy from which some good can be derived”, noting that it is “quite fortuitous that we can, in fact, consume the lion fish”.
Mr. Stanberry said the Ministry fully supports eating the fish, and salutes the “foresight and the vision and the corporate citizen spirit of the Scotiabank Group in lending a hand to the research being done by the UWI on the lionfish”.
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