Fishers and authorities jointly catching lionfish
After the success reached by the lion fish cook off during the National Food Fair in September, fishermen from Quetzalito, a small fishing village from the Guatemalan Caribbean, with the support of DIPESCA (Fisheries Administration) and Water Quest, a dive shop committed with some groups of fishermen, brought lionfish to a prestigious Spanish restaurant in Guatemala City.
During the event, several lionfish dishes were served to the participants, that included: NGOs, GOs, private sector and general public. All dishes were a complete success, giving the impression that lionfish might be well accepted as a gourmet meal.
The community of Quetzalito is really looking forward to start commercializing lionfish as an economic alternative as they know they wouldn't be just earning income but collaborating with the reef ecosystem of their country.
Now that Guatemala has joined the lionfish battle in the MAR region, a regional workshop is starting to be planned to develop a MAR strategy to face the lionfih invasion. Individual and local measures have to be shared and expanded at a regional level. Even when is not a warranty, It is the best way to address this issue.
We will keep you posted about this workshop and will let you know if Quetzalito becomes a lionfish supplier for Guatemala city.
Thank you very much for your support!
The MAR Fund Team
Lionfish ceviche served at the cook off