Saba Serves Up Invasive Lionfish

Saba's residents are protecting the island's ecosystem from invasive lionfish by serving the species in local restaurants. 
Saba’s residents are protecting the island’s ecosystem from invasive lionfish by serving the species in local restaurants.

Saba, the smallest of the Dutch Caribbean islands, is turning an invasive species problem into a tasty opportunity to practice culinary conservation. In an effort to protect the island’s ecosystem from invasive lionfish, which are native to the Indo-Pacific, Saban residents are serving the species in local restaurants.

The population of lionfish in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea has exploded in the last few years, reaping havoc on the fish populations in these warm waters, where the extremely venomous lionfish has very few predators. In order to aid in the conservation, many restaurants on the island have begun incorporating the unusual delicacy into their menus, such as The Brigadoon, one of the island’s most popular food haunts in the town of Windwardside, which offers a grilled lionfish seafood special. Saba’s newest restaurant and bar, The Hideaway, is also serving lionfish prepared with a side of zesty creole cocktail sauce, tangy key lime tartar sauce and chips.

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