The next lionfish culling tournament in the Cayman Islands will be held on 1 and 2 June.
Local groups that have been organising lionfish culling efforts locally have now branded themselves the Cayman United Lionfish League, or CULL.
They are organising the latest tournament, for which registration will take place at between 5 and 7pm on Thursday, 30 May, at Surfside Beach Restaurant and Bar on Seven Mile Beach.
There will be scuba and free diving categories in the tournament, with prizes in each category for the team catching the “Biggest Lion Fish”; the “Most Lion Fish”; “Most Overall Weight”; and even the “Smallest Lionfish”.
Weigh-in will be from 4 to 6pm each day at Surfside Beach.
To keep up everyone’s strength, there will be free lionfish samples at the weigh-in prepared by Surfside Beach, as well as free Caybrew to quench the thirst of cullers. There will also be free tournament T-shirts for all registered team members.
Teams should consist of a minimum of two people, with a maximum of eight per team. Each team must have at least one lionfish culler licensed by the Cayman Islands Department of Environment.
All lionfish must be de-spined when brought to the weight and measuring station. There will be no cleaning station on site.
There is a registration fee of $5 per person, due at registration.
Local companies and organisations that have been at the forefront of the fight to cut down on the invasive lionfish population are sponsoring and supporting the event.
For more information, contact the Department of Environment’s Mark Orr at [email protected] or call 916-4271.