Lionfish cullers will take to the reefs of Grand Cayman this weekend to take part in an islandwide tournament.

Foster’s Food Fair has donated $20,000 to the Cayman United Lionfish League to help combat the invasive fish species.

The league has organized competitive lionfish-catching tournaments for six years in an effort to protect local fish populations and coral reefs.

Every lionfish caught during competition is analyzed by the Department of Environment and then sold to local restaurants.

Julian Foster and Woody Foster of Foster’s Food Fair – IGA pose with Katie O’Neill of CULL, Tiffany Dixon-Ebanks of CITA and Mark Orr of CULL.

Foster’s Food Fair marketing manager Julian Foster said the company uses proceeds from plastic bag sales for environmental projects like CULL in the islands.

“We feel that the lionfish threat to our natural environment is a great spend of these monies and we are thrilled to work with CULL in keeping this threat at bay while continuing to introduce lionfish as a delicious option on the food scene,” Mr. Foster said in a press release.

Foster’s has supported the culling event since it began and became a gold sponsor in 2014. The Cayman Islands Tourism Association, which has supported the initiative since 2012, said the donation provides necessary support in combating lionfish, which rapidly reproduce and are voracious eaters of local grazer fish.

These local fish play an important role in controlling algae overgrowth on the coral reef.

The first 2017 CULL will take place Feb. 25 and 26. Weigh-in will take place 4-6 p.m. at Macabuca Bar & Grill in West Bay. Registrations will be accepted at the bar on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 5-8 p.m. Cost of entry is $10.

For more information, contact Mark Orr with the Department of Environment at [email protected] or 916-4271.

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  1. What a great cause. Thanks for working to improve our oceans and bring attention to such a serious issue. I also like that a GREAT TASTING fish is brought to our tables. My family and I will see you at Macabuca. Dive safely and please bring LOTS of lionfish to eat. HC

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  2. Mr. Chamber.

    I agree that the lion fish is a great tasting fish, and a serious issue . But do we want the lionfish to take over the waters /ocean of the Islands ? The lionfish is a very invasive fish that reproduce faster than mostly other fish , the lionfish is a predator of other reef fish .

    What are we doing all year round to combat and wipe them out or keep them to a minimum ? Do we want to let the lionfish to become out of control to where all you can see on the reefs is lionfish ? I remember not ever seeing a lion in Cayman Islands waters. Or do we want to continue to see a large variety of different fish ?

    I think we should not just have a few Culls a year , we need to have a war on then all year round.

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