The Costa Rica News (TCRN) –The Costa Rican Institute of Fishing and Aquaculture (Incopesca) with the Ministry of Environment and Energy (Minae) are analyzing new alternatives to eliminate the presence of lionfish in the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, like turning the fish into flour or growing it to sell in an acceptable size for consumption are some new options under discussion.
The overall technical Incopesca director, Antonio Porras, said actions that have been developed like fishing tournaments, market lionfish meat (once the poisonous spines are removed) costs between ¢ 3000 to ¢ 5,000 per kilo, as it is of good quality and is sold in Puerto Viejo.
Porras added that usually the size of the fish at time of capture is small, so you cannot easily sell it for its meat.
The manufacture of flour, produced as a result of lionfish, would be used to feed other species.
According to the official, there are high concentrations of this species, about 200 individuals per meter in localized areas.
The executive director of Incopesca, Gustavo Meneses said that the distribution of the fish for sale is in the initial phase and they have received favorable opinions about the taste and quality of the meat.
The Costa Rica News (TCRN)
San Jose, Costa Rica