The invasive lionfish is in Cayman waters to stay, but through the efforts of Cayman United Lionfish League, or CULL, divers are making a dent in the population.
In just over a week, team DiveTech will be back in the water to defend their bragging rights in the most fish and most weight categories. In CULL #16, The Great Lionfish Cookoff, team DiveTech annihilated the competition with a haul of 413 fish, almost half the tournament total, weighing in at more than 110 kilograms. For CULL #17, Leaping Lionfish, team Dive Tech aims to make gains on their already lofty totals.
The group believed its exploits were the stuff of legends, and one North American publishing company agreed. Team member Drew McArthur spun the two days on the hunt into a ten-page narrative that was published in the most recent issue of Diver Magazine. Featuring photos taken by photo pro Jim Catlin, team DiveTech is bringing the fight against the invasive predator to an international audience.
Cayman 27’s Andrel Harris sat down with four of five of team Dive Tech’s members to discuss their new found celebrity, how years of culling efforts are paying off for Cayman’s reefs. He even made the candid revelation that he has yet to savour the light, buttery taste of lionfish.
Team DiveTech hopes that will soon change.