Lionfish are not native to Bermuda. With no natural predators here and a voracious appetite, they are having negative effect on our local fish stocks. *File photo by Chris Burville
Lionfish are not native to Bermuda. With no natural predators here and a voracious appetite, they are having negative effect on our local fish stocks. *File photo by Chris Burville

Home made videos of conservationists spearing lionfish in local waters are making their way online in an awareness drive.

Lionfish are not native to Bermuda. With no natural predators here and a voracious appetite, they are having negative effect on our local fish stocks.

The Ocean Support Foundation, founded by Graham Maddocks of Triangle Diving, has brought divers, scientists and conservationists to research how to best manage the problem. The charity has teams of technical divers regularly scouring the coral reefs off Bermuda spearing the fish whose populations are exploding here.

Weldon Wade, founder and president of ocean conservation non-profit organization Blue Ocean Explorers, has been making the films with fellow spearers.

He told the Bermuda Sun: “We have been doing this mostly to raise awareness about the problem of lionfish and showsome of the divers who are leading the charge catching lionfish. We just wanted to put it out in the public domain.”

One of the films can be seen here: