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Old 05-24-2018, 09:49 PM
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went today to a new whole foods that just opened in gainesville and they have whole lion fish for sale, never new they could sell that, they looked like if they still had the barbs on them.
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A distributor was at one of the local lionfish tournaments last Sunday buying all the fish and loading them in a truck. I talked to the lady running around with a clipboard. She said they would leave Pensacola as soon as they were loaded, drive to Orlando, sort the fish, and they would be on Whole Foods counters by Wednesday. I guess she was right! I'm guessing $20-30/pound range?
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A distributor was at one of the local lionfish tournaments last Sunday buying all the fish and loading them in a truck. I talked to the lady running around with a clipboard. She said they would leave Pensacola as soon as they were loaded, drive to Orlando, sort the fish, and they would be on Whole Foods counters by Wednesday. I guess she was right! I'm guessing $20-30/pound range?
That is strange. You still need a special license to sell fish to a licensed wholesaler. Sounds like somewhere some fisheries law was broken bit I could be wrong..
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7.99 a pound whole
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That’s crazy. We go diving out of Pensacola and Perdido Key all the time to go shoot Lionfish!

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Will check our store and purchase a few if available. Really good table fare.
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That is strange. You still need a special license to sell fish to a licensed wholesaler. Sounds like somewhere some fisheries law was broken bit I could be wrong..
i think the state waves that requirement on state run lionfish tournaments. Got an email about one from the fwc and they said they were gonna be buying all the fish.
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WO good job
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That’s crazy. We go diving out of Pensacola and Perdido Key all the time to go shoot Lionfish!
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Rename them Spiny Snapper and charge double.
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I'm a surprised the distributor isn't cutting the spines off before selling to Whole Foods. I'm sure it won't be long before a Whole Foods employee or a purchaser that doesn't know what they are doing gets stuck and tries to sue them.
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That's great!

Now if they could only add Snakehead to the menu.
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They are saying Lion fish are one of the best eating fish in the sea.
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To me it’s like a Grouper and Flounder screwed and had a delicious Lionfish baby. No seriously they cook well every way possible ie grilled, baked, fried, broiled and ceviche! Can’t get enough of it.
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I'm a surprised the distributor isn't cutting the spines off before selling to Whole Foods. I'm sure it won't be long before a Whole Foods employee or a purchaser that doesn't know what they are doing gets stuck and tries to sue them.
Not to be stupid , but what is it with the spines ? Are they hollow and venous or just covered with venom ?
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Originally Posted by Tarpon65 View Post
Rename them Spiny Snapper and charge double.

Lion Snapper
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Very cool, have them at the local WF here as well. While the spines may be on the fish in the display, the person prepping the fish will usually remove them for you as he's preparing your filets. Take those filets home, grill with some herbs and lemon.
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Not to be stupid , but what is it with the spines ? Are they hollow and venous or just covered with venom ?
Their spines are like hypodurmics that are filled with venom
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I think I'll be making a run to WF today. Thanks!
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All that is needed to sell Lion Fish is a SPL in Florida. It is $50.00 and anyone can buy it. I would have thought it would have been more expensive in the store considering what the markets pay for it from divers. Surprisingly, not a lot of mark up.
The spines have little grooves down the sides of them that contain the venom. Normally the spines are covered with a pretty sheath. Getting stung sucks, but isn't too aweful bad if you can get some hot water or a heat pack on it pretty quick. It will make you swell up in that area, and if near a bone joint, it can ache for a few days.

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