Marine scientists are advocating an "eat them to beat them" strategy to restore balance to the reef ecosystems in the Atlantic. Lionfish are extremely easy to catch en masse and lack only a good market to make fishing them a viable trade.
And yes, lionfish are very tasty! They do come with a venomous (though not actually poisonous) spine that needs to be removed before preparation. But once that's done, lionfish can be used for sushi, fish and chips, pan-searing, and any other white fish preparation you might want. There are lots of websites with recipes for preparing lionfish and even an entire lionfish cookbook:
• Lionfish Recipes from The Lionfish Hunter
• Lionfish Romesco Stew from The Washington Post
• Lionfish Nachos from Mother Nature Network
• The Lionfish Cookbook by Tricia Ferguson and Lad Akins, $17 on Amazon
Further reading on Pacific lionfish invasion in the Atlantic:
• New Weapon Against Invading Fish: The Pan by Andrew Revkin in The New York Times
• Invasive Lionfish from the Center for Coast Fisheries and Habitat Research
• Eat Lionfish and Stop These Caribbean Reef Invaders from the Nature Conservancy blog
• The Lionfish Is Delicious - And it needs to die.
Have you ever eaten lionfish? What do you think about eating an invasive species like this?