Lionfish

lionfish
Lionfish at Klein Bay

Because of their voracious appetite, skill at hunting small fish, invertebrates and mollusks, long life, (five to fifteen years) ability to reproduce rapidly and lack of natural predators, the recently-introduced species, lionfish, (Pterois) have become a threat to the Caribbean coral reef community.

Lionfish are native to the Pacific Ocean They were first discovered in the Atlantic near Dania, Florida in 1985. It is speculated that they were introduced by people discarding them from personal aquariums when they got too large or when they became a problem by eating the other fish.

The lionfish have venomous spines, which can cause varying degrees of unpleasantness to those creatures, including humans that come in contact with them.

Efforts to control them have been problematic. As the lionfish has no natural predators, attempts have been made to teach creatures such as sharks, eels, barracudas and groupers to eat them with samples offered to them by divers. Feeding sharks, barracudas and their like comes along with its own set of problems as these fish often become aggressive to humans when they are expecting a free lunch and one is not offered them.

There have also been attempts to encourage humans, the only real natural threat to the lionfish, to develop a taste for them. Although people can consume the lionfish after the venomous spines have been removed and they are reported to be quite tasty, the lionfish has been implicated as a possible cause of ciguatera fish poisoning in areas where ciguatera is present.

So far efforts by divers and organized lionfish hunts have been the most effective ways of controlling them, especially at popular dive sites.

St. John Events

Virgin Fire Restaurant
Presents: “Nebraska”

Virgin Fire Restaurant announces that they’ve acquired the rights to show current movies on their in- house theatre.

We’re serving a Late Night Supper Menu, with appetizers, salads, desserts and coffees, and our bar is open.  General Admission is $15.

Seating is limited so please reserve here, or call us at 777-3473

Trio Arbos
St. John School of the Arts
Friday, March 14, 2014 7:30 p.m.

Trio ArbosFormed in 1996 in Madrid and named after the Spanish violinist, conductor and composer Enrique Fernández Arbós (1863–1939), the Trío Arbós has established itself as one of Spain’s leading chamber ensembles. The repertoire of the Trío ranges from the classical to the contemporary, with specially commissioned works forming a significant part of the concert programmes presented. The Trío has appeared frequently in major concert halls and festivals in more than thirty countries.

St. John Live Music Schedule

Aqua Bistro
Stephan Sloan
5:30 – 8:30
776-5336

Beach Bar
Quest Theory
8:00
777-4220

Castaway’s
Mikey P
9:00
Dance Party
11:00
777-3316

High Tide
Mikey P
7:00 ish
714-6169

Island Blues
Brother Nature
8:00
776-6800

Morgan’s Mango
Lauren
6:30 – 9:30
693-8141

Ocean Grill
Rascio on Steel Pan
6:30 – 9:30
693-3304

Shipwreck Landing
Tropical Sounds
6:30 – 9:30
693-5640

Skinny Legs
Chris Carsel
6:00 – 9:00
779-4982

Spyglass
James Milne
5:00 – 8:00
776-1100

Virgin Fire
Aussie Guitars
The David T Carter Duo
6:00 – 9:00
779-4982

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