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Lionfish in the crosshairs: CULL tournament calls for participants

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The call for cullers is on. This weekend, Cayman United Lionfish League, or CULL is hosting its 18th lionfish tournament.

More than $3000 in prize money is up for grabs, courtesy of Gold Sponsor Foster’s Food Fair, in what is shaping up to be a wide-open field.

The threat invasive lionfish pose to Cayman’s coral reef environment is not going away, but culling can control it. The DOE has described it as being akin to having to mow the lawn.

CULL tournaments, and the incentive of prize money, serves to encourage divers and snorkelers to venture to off-the-beaten-path sites to find the highest quantity of fish.

The public is invited to join cullers at the weigh-ins where they can try samples of expertly prepared lionfish.

CULL members will be on-hand to demonstrate how to safely remove the lionfish spines and properly fillet the fish during informal fillet clinics.

“Even for those people that don’t cull, just to come out and support this event, to be able to come to George Town Yacht Club and sample the lionfish is a wonderful thing, because they are going to see just how delicious lionfish can taste,” said CULL member Katie O’Neill.

‘Nah today, lionfish’ was chosen as the theme of CULL 18.

Last time around, cullers removed more than 1300 of the long-spined invasive predators from Cayman’s reefs.

Registration is Thursday night (16 June) at the George Town Yacht Club (Barcadere) from 5 to 8 p-m.

Weigh-ins are Saturday and Sunday (18, 19 June) at the same location from 4 to 6 p-m…

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