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Ocean Today. All you can eat
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Ocean Today. All you can eat
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    National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (U.S.) ; Reef Environmental Education Foundation ; Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (Agency : U.S.) ; ... More ▼
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    The video is part of the Ocean Today educational video collection (sub-collection: Fix the ocean). It has open captions and can be viewed in regular (640 x 36) or high resolution (1280 x 720). Video's transcript (narrated by Tim McLaughlin): "This is a Lionfish. Once limited to the Indo-Pacific region, they've invaded the waters of The Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean. Lionfish eat a lot of young fish and shellfish, and with no predators of their own, there's been a population explosion. By eating, outgrowing, and out-reproducing the native species, these fish are taking over a lion's share of reef ecosystems. Containing this invasive species is a difficult task. So if we can't beat 'em, why not eat 'em? That's the plan that fishery managers have cooked up. They've started a campaign to urge fishermen and restaurateurs to catch lionfish and put them on menus. This may be the only way to slow the population explosion and save local fisheries from disappearing. As a part of that effort, NOAA and other organizations have set up Lionfish derbies. These team competitions have scuba divers and snorkelers taking to the ocean with spears and nets to collect as many lionfish as possible. After the derby, scientists will collect Lionfish samples for research and chefs get the rest to prepare some tasty party platters. Lionfish can be prepared to anyone's taste: deep fried, blackened and sauteed, and even made into sushi. And with so many other recipes, and such a bountiful supply, don't hesitate to ask for seconds. Eating lionfish is a catchy and delicious solution to the population problem. So, why wait? Get' em on your plate!"

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