Florida marine conservationists have come up with a simple way to fight the lionfish that are gobbling up local reef life - eat them.
The Key Largo-based Reef Environmental Education Foundation released "The Lionfish Cookbook," the group's latest strategy to counter an invasion of the non-native reddish brown-striped fish in Florida waters, Reuters reported.
"It's absolutely good eating - a delicacy. It's delicately flavored white meat, very buttery," said Lad Akins, director of special projects for REEF.
Red lionfish, a prickly predator armed with flaring venomous spines like a lion's mane that give them their name, are native to the South Pacific, Indian Ocean and Red Sea.
With few natural predators, they have been rapidly expanding in Caribbean and Atlantic waters, preying on local fish, shrimp and crab populations across the region and in Florida, which has world-famous coral reefs.
Some scientists are listing the invasive lionfish species among the top 15 threats to global biodiversity, Reuters reported.