The lionfish, native to the Indo-Pacific Ocean was introduced to Belizean waters back in 2008 and has since spread quickly in the area. With its venomous sting and voracious appetite, the red lionfish is one of the greatest threats to the Belize Barrier Reef, the world’s second-largest living coral reef system in the world. Scientist are concerned that our already stressed fisheries and coral reef ecosystems will become even more stressed if lionfish are not kept in control. Fishermen and divers in Belize are encouraged to fish this predator in an aim to combat the invasion of the lionfish.
Ray Caye Resort has since joined in the fight to manage the lionfish population by offering a rare treat, spear-fishing lionfish! Our divers at the Pirates Reef Dive shop takes you on an adventure to remember, providing you with tridents used to spear and catch the lionfish which are then bagged and brought back to the island. Some divers have gotten as many as 40 Lionfish in one dive.
Not only do guests get to enjoy a day filled of lionfish hunting, but upon returning to the island, the freshly caught fish are cleaned and the fillets are sent to the kitchen at our, appropriately named, Lionfish Grill to be prepared for the guests. In some cases, the guests that caught the lionfish ask for a platter or the fillet and in other cases they offer it to be used in our regular menu items at the restaurant. This surprisingly delicious delicacy makes great fillet, lionfish cakes, ceviche, and of course our signature lionfish tacos.
When visiting Ray Caye Resort be sure to schedule your lionfish hunting adventure, and definitely try one of the many delicious meals prepared with the lionfish.