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Episode 10: Scourge of the Lionfish    Premiered on PBS January 24 2013    Watch on PBS

Lionfish are strikingly beautiful, colorful reef fish found throughout the Indian and Pacific oceans – that’s the good news. The bad news is that lionfish are now found all over the Caribbean Sea, and up and down the Atlantic coasts of the US and South America. Read More>>

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Eleuthera, Bahamas. The first stop for the shoot
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Dive expert Nick Poole teaches Carl how to use underwater communication equipment
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Carl resurfaces to report the lionfish he saw on the Bahamian reefs below
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Lionfish trick their pray by spraying jets of water in their face
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Protective gloves are necessary to avoid getting stung by the fish’s venomous spines
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Mark Hixon, lionfish expert from Oregon State University
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Live lionfish in an open well, part of a research experiment
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Director John Angier attaches a camera to the belly of a helicopter
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Aerial shots of Eleuthera
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Our tough underwater camerawoman—Valentina Cucchiara
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The crew gathers around Mark Hixon to learn more about his research on lionfish
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The next stop was Palm Beach, Florida where Carl participated in a lionfish derby organized by REEF
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A quick pre-derby dive prep on the boat
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Over a thousand lionfish were speared at the derby
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Invasive lionfish in the Atlantic grow to much larger sizes than their native cousins in the Pacific
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Baby fish taken from a lionfish’s stomach. Their ravenous appetite can decimate fish populations by over 80 percent
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David Johnson, who started Traditional Fisheries, a lionfish wholesaling company, with a large lionfish he caught in the Mexican Caribbean www.tradtionalfisheries.com
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Hardy Mexican fishermen from Puerto Morelos are now spearing lionfish as a source of livelihood
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The invasion is at a peak in the Mexican Caribbean
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Mexican cooperatives have started processing and packaging plants that send lionfish fillets to restaurants across the United States
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Mexican chef Renato Luis Espinosa demonstrates different ways to cook lionfish
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Two whole deep-fried lionfish flank grilled fillets, complete with a Thai peanut satay dip