- Lionfish may live longer than 15 years and reach 20 inches in length
- They inhabit all marine habitat types and depths
- Their venomous spines deter predators and cause serious stings in people
- In the Caribbean, a single female lionfish can spawn over 2,000,000 eggs a year
- In heavily invaded sites, lionfish have reduced their fish prey by up to 90 percent in heavily invaded sites
The encouraging news? Lionfish are not only edible, they’re tasty. Many South Florida restaurants serve lionfish when they’re available, including Square Grouper Bar & Grill on Cudjoe Key (they reopen Oct. 10), Chef Michael’s (they reopen Oct. 4) in Islamorada, and Key Largo Conch House; and Fish Fish Miami and Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink. Lionfish are better on your plate than in the ocean.