Lionfish Cozumel

Lionfish Population on the Decline in Cozumel

Encouraging news – popularity makes lionfish harder to find …

 While Lionfish, or Pterois volitans, are still a viable threat to the Cozumel reef system, reports from officials from

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the Sociedad Cooperativa de Producción Pesquera Cozumel (or Fishermen’s Cooperative, in English)   are encouraging.  In a recent statement officials from the Cooperative, stated that due to the various strategies that Cozumel has implemented to combat this invasive reef predator, numbers are on the decline.  Lionfish are harder to find, and the price has risen accordingly.

Cozumel has hosted a number of Lionfish tournaments, and has encouraged local restaurants to serve lionfish based dishes.  In fact, local fisherman have been boasting that the fish is an aphrodisiac, which has only increased sales.

The island’s Fishermen’s Cooperative has been instrumental in the sale of lionfish, which is now can be considered “under control.”  It was also stated that our island could serve as an example to other areas besieged by this reef predator.

The next time you’re in the mood for fish, consider ordering the lionfish.  For more information on lionfish, check out the NOAA fact sheet.

Disminuye la población de pez león en Cozumel

Noticias alentadoras: la popularidad hace que sea mas difícil encontrarlo. . .

En tanto que el pez león, o Pterois volitans, continúa siendo una amenaza para el sistema de arrecifes de Cozumel, funcionarios de la Sociedad Cooperativa de Producción Pesquera de Cozumel tienen información prometedora. Las

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recientes declaraciones por parte de la Cooperativa manifiestan que gracias a las diversas estrategias implementadas por Cozumel para combatir a este depredador de arrecifes, las cifras de éste han disminuido. Cada vez es más difícil encontrar pez león y su precio, por consecuencia, ha aumentado.


La Isla de Cozumel ha sido anfitriona de diversos torneos para la pesca de pez león y ha fomentado que los restaurantes locales sirvan platillos a base de pez león. De hecho, los pescadores locales han hecho alarde que el pez es un afrodisiaco, lo que sólo ha incrementado las ventas.


La Cooperativa de Pesca de la Isla ha sido fundamental en la venta del pez león, que ahora puede considerarse que está “bajo control”. También se declaro que nuestra Isla puede ser ejemplo de otras áreas que se encuentran asediadas por este depredador de arrecifes.


La próxima ocasión que tenga ganas de comer pescado, considere ordenar pez león. Para mayor información acerca del pez león, echen un vistazo a la ficha informativa en NOAA.



Laura Wilkinson

Author at Cozumel 4 You
Laura Wilkinson is the Editor for Cozumel 4 You. An ex-Connecticut Yankee who has called Cozumel home for over 15 years, Laura ran away to the Caribbean years ago, bumped around the islands teaching SCUBA diving, lost some time in Jamaica, and finally stopped in Cozumel for a 2 week vacation that hasn’t ended yet. With a degree in Journalism from a fancy private college she convinced her parents to pay for, Laura writes, edits, and creates the weekly Cozumel 4 You news, promotional articles about the island, and her very own blog, which she finds hilarious. Her long suffering husband, the Fabster, has long since resigned himself to having zero private life, as he’s been involved in her various schemes and plots since his arrival. Proud parents to a variety of rescue dogs and cats, Laura continues to be the bane of her traditional Mexican mother-in-law’s existence, as she muses her way through life in the Mexican Caribbean.

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