News Release: HAMILTON, Bermuda – The Bermuda Government has provided free admission to the BAMZ facility from noon onwards and participating visitors will help to choose the best Lionfish Chowder in Bermuda from 13 competing local restaurants: The Cloud at the Waterfront, The Spot Restaurant & Bar, Island Restaurant Group (IRG), The Loren, Wahoo’s Bistro & Patio, Fairmont Hamilton, Rustico, Take Five Ltd., Docksider’s, Chiko&T’s Restaurant, Rosewood Tuckers Point, Cambridge Beaches and Swizzle Inn.
Lionfish are an invasive species in the Atlantic Ocean and have been present in Bermuda’s waters for just over two decades. They are indiscriminate predators and are known to feed on over 70 different types of fish and crustaceans.
Having no natural predators in the Atlantic and being able to reproduce quickly they pose a real threat to upsetting the natural balance of our important reef ecosystems. Lionfish are venomous, not poisonous, meaning that the toxin is only present on some of their spines. Thankfully, their meat is delicious and provides a good opportunity to help keep them under control.
Eat’Um to Beat’Um events are designed to expose the public to Lionfish as a delicious food fish and to help create more demand for them. Local licensed lionfish cullers are the heart of the movement to help reduce the numbers of the species on our reefs and provide fish to various supermarkets and restaurants. If you are interested in getting involved, please see the Bermuda Lionfish Taskforce website at www.lionfish.bm.
The BZS is proud to partner with event sponsors Butterfield & Vallis, Goslings Ltd and Outerbridge’s Original to make this event free and available to the public. Refreshments will be served, and a cash bar will also be available. Parking and chowder are limited, so come early to sample some of Bermuda’s best restaurants serving up the best Lionfish Chowder. Make your vote count.
The shared mission of BZS and The Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoom (BAMZ) is to inspire appreciation and care of island environments. As the support charity for BAMZ, the BZS is an example of a highly successful non-profit/public partnership.
Each year the BZS provide more than 8,000 free educational experiences through our Stempel Foundation BZS Schools Programme in addition to popular community programmes for all ages, development of BAMZ exhibits, and conservation and research programmes. Each year, BZS Volunteers contribute over 10,000 hours of valuable husbandry support to the Aquarium and Zoo with all programmes being accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.