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CULL’s “great lionfish caper” hauls in 312 lionfish

More than 300 invasive lionfish were removed from Cayman’s reefs  in Cayman United Lionfish League’s 26th tournament.

Conditions were almost ideal for a weekend on the water, and cullers plumbed the depths in search of these long-spined invasive predators.

Gone are the days of more than 1,000 lionfish per tournament. Cullers this time around combined for a total of 312 lionfish.

CULL member Mark Orr told Cayman 27 three consecutive low-numbers tournaments is testament to Cayman’s proactive approach to controlling the invasion.

“Cayman is very lucky, because with government’s help we were able to start right away, we were able to get those spears out there quickly and get licenses done, allow people to take these things on scuba, and we hit the problem head on,” said Mr. Orr.

Mark Orr’s team Green Water absolutely crushed it in the North Sound for most lionfish, with iDive and Salt Shaker rounding out the top three.

Team iDive turned the tables on Green Water in smallest fish, waking up early to raid Green Water’s ‘not so secret’ spot for first and third place in that category.

iDive also took first place for most weight, with Green water and Salt Shaker also in the money.

And with a 296 millimeter whopper, team Salt Shaker brings in the tournament’s biggest fish, with iDive taking second and third in that category with a couple whoppers of their own.

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Joe Avary

Joe Avary

Joe Avary has been with Cayman 27 since 2014. He brings 20 years in television experience to the job, working hard every day to bring the people of Cayman stories that inform the public and make a difference in the community. Joe hopes his love for the Cayman Islands shines through in his informative and entertaining weather reports. If you have a story idea for Joe or just want to say hello, call him at 324-2141 or send an email to

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