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Tastes like swordfish: could green iguanas make a mark on menus

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Eat them to beat them.

The National Trust hopes the rallying cry that helped turn the invasive lionfish into a sought-after item on local menus can help in the fight against the invasive green iguana.

Environmental Programmes Manager Paul Watler told Cayman 27 the green iguana is endangered in its native Central and South America, because when it’s cooked just right, it can be mighty tasty.

“I’ve known people who love the tail and the hind legs,” said Mr. Watler. “They say it has the consistency of a very firm fish like swordwish. Then there’s some people that say they like the front portion of the iguana, the front legs and the sides because it does have the flavor of chicken, however you do get quite a few small bones in the front portion.”

The Department of Environment told Cayman 27 the population of greens on Grand Cayman has gone up by 60% since 2014, and efforts to thwart their spread to the Brac and Little Cayman are intensifying.

This week, the DOE launched efforts to control the population, which it is feared could double itself every year and a half.

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