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The Cayman United Lionfish League (CULL) is getting ready to dive back into the ocean, to take on the lionfish. Throughout the year divers regularly get into the water to cull the invasive lionfish. Mark Orr, a member of CULL says they are seeing a difference, “in some of those areas it’s hard to find lionfish.” Tournaments help the divers hit areas they aren’t normally able to get to throughout the year. On average up to 1,000 fish are caught in a single tournament.

The league is preparing of a tournament this weekend. Participants can register on Thursday (25 February) at Dukes Restaurant as well at at Ocean Frontiers. The tournament will take place on Saturday (27 February) and Sunday (28 February), with weight in between 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Dukes, on each day. This year divers will have the opportunity to win a cash prize, thanks to a donation of $20,000 from Fosters Food Fair.

Katie O’Neil, a member of CULL, says the overall goal is to get the lionfish out of the reef, by bringing it onto the dinner plate.

To learn more about CULL visit their Facebook page.

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Edlyn Ruiz

Edlyn Ruiz

Edlyn Ruiz first began a career in broadcast, in radio as a teen. She joined the Cayman 27 team as an intern, while pursuing her Bachelors. She came on board full time in 2011. She serves as a producer and on-air host/anchor. She has an interest in stories focused on health, and the environment.

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