Eat Fish event underway in Portsmouth

A lionfish
A lionfish

An Eat Fish event is currently underway in Portsmouth, geared at educating residents on the social and economic value of fishing as a business.

The event is organized by the Fisheries Division in collaboration with St John’s Fisherfolk Cooperative, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and a number of other stakeholders.

Chief Fisheries Officer, Andrew Magloire, said the event will also focus on the utilization of Lionfish as a valuable source of protein.

“It’s really an extension of a program we have been doing in schools and we want to play close attention to Dominica and meeting our food requirement from local production. We also notice over the years that children don’t like fish and part of our efforts is to try and change that,” he said.

Fifteen students from the Roosevelt Douglas, St John’s, Savanne Paille and Clifton Primary schools will also prepare and display fish dishes that will form part of a recipe competition.

“We want to ensure that in preparation of their dishes, they use only local components. This means were are also contributing to the agricultural sector by ensuring that we are getting the consciousness out there that we can be self sufficient,” he added.

The theme of the event is “More Brain Power – Eat Fish.”

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9 Comments

  1. Rastar-Marn
    June 28, 2013

    So wait nuh Dem Japanese want Dominicans to Eat Some LionFish while they take all the Balawh, Kaie, jacks and all them other Rock fish we have been eating for years,,,

    So eat some fish dat was introduced artificially to the rejoin while leaving all the others we have been eating for ages,,,

    Garçon Marn warn allyou arready yeh, Go rap to dem elders up in the Reserve Garçon and stop listing to dem man dere dat coming to talk Mombo Jombo,,,

  2. Info
    June 28, 2013

    ‘Two of the nine species of Pterois, the red lionfish (P. volitans) and the common lionfish (P. miles), have established themselves as significant invasive species off the East Coast of the United States and in the Caribbean. About 93% of the invasive population in the Western Atlantic is P. volitans.[25]
    The red lionfish is found off the East Coast of the United States and the Caribbean Sea, and was likely first introduced off the Florida coast in the early to mid-1990s.[26] It has been speculated that this introduction may have been caused when Hurricane Andrew destroyed an aquarium in southern Florida,[27] It is also believed that six lionfish were accidentally released in Biscayne Bay, Florida after Hurricane Andrew in 1992.[28] However, a more recent report states National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ecologist James Morris Jr. has discovered that a lionfish was discovered off the coast of south Florida prior to Hurricane Andrew in 1985.[29][30] It is also believed that the lionfish were purposefully discarded by unsatisfied aquarium enthusiasts.[28] The first documented capture of lionfish in the Atlantic occurred in Dania Beach, Florida.[4] In 2001, NOAA documented multiple sightings of lionfish off the coast of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Bermuda, and were first detected in the Bahamas in 2004.[31] Recently (June 2013) they have been discovered as far east as Barbados,[32] and as far south as Los Roques Archipelago and many Venezuelan continental beaches.[33]Pterois volitans and Pterois miles are native to sub-tropical and tropical regions from southern Japan and southern Korea to the east coast of Australia, Indonesia, Micronesia, French Polynesia and in the South Pacific Ocean.[23] Adult lionfish specimens are now found along the United States East Coast from Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, to Florida, and in Bermuda, the Bahamas, and throughout the Caribbean, including the Turks and Caicos, Haiti, Cuba, The Dominican Republic, Cayman Islands, Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire, Puerto Rico, St. Croix, Belize, Honduras and Mexico.[2] Population densities continue to increase in the invaded areas, resulting in a population boom of up to 700% in some areas between 2004 and 2008.[34] Population densities have reached levels that are orders of magnitude greater than their native ranges.[35]
    Pterois are known for devouring many other aquarium fishes.[28] Pterois are unusual in that they are among the few fish species to successfully establish populations in open marine systems.[36]
    Pelagic larval dispersion is assumed to occur through oceanic currents, including the Gulf Stream and the Caribbean Current. It is projected that currents could eventually result in new populations along the Gulf Coast.[37] Ballast water can also contribute to the dispersal.[38]
    Extreme temperatures present geographical constraints in the distribution of aquatic species,[39] indicating that temperature tolerance plays a role in the lionfish’s survival, reproduction and range of distribution.[40] Observational studies have shown that the abrupt differences in water temperatures north and south of Cape Hatteras directly correlate with the abundance and distribution of Pterois.[39] Pterois expanded along the entire eastern coast of the United States and occupied thermal-appropriate zones within ten years.[39] Although the timeline of observations points to the east coast of Florida as the initial source of the western Atlantic invasion, the relationship of the United States East Coast and Bahamian lionfish invasion is uncertain.[41]’

    found on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pterois

  3. Hell fee
    June 28, 2013

    Much better than the pork thing in “Baga” recently.. :-D :-D

  4. bigmack
    June 28, 2013

    fry lion fish and pumpkin, good to go.

  5. tumble bak kick
    June 28, 2013

    They should first say that this fish is eating out all the other fish in the Atlantic and this is a means of sensitizing the public about that fish. We should use all means necessary to reduce their population as it has no known perdators. This fish species was let loose after a hurricane destroyed the aquarium close to the sea in Miamia t least ten years ago. But I guess this is all Dominica, we are always ignotant about the pertinent information. We give each other mepuis and we pretend to be politicians.

  6. eyes to see
    June 28, 2013

    that fish is poisonous.. no?

  7. Anonymous
    June 28, 2013

    that fish you are using to advertise people will not come as they know If that fish prick you it can be fatal, change that fish and put a fish that is more edible

  8. Frabo
    June 28, 2013

    Eat all the Dominica fish as you can eat, as much as you can. Our fishes are not yet extensively polluted. Won’t be surprised if our fish hit the Asian fish market. After that Nuclear reactor incident in Japan, it is reported that radiation in the waters may have traveled down in the Americas – and could already be in our waters. But don’t expect anyone to look into testing our waters for traces of radiation. The Tuna we eat from the cans mainly comes from the “Asian waters.” So you may want to cut back some. As we are now becoming technologically advanced; so to, we are becoming self-destructive.

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