A Couple of Lionfish Recipes

altLionfish with Fresh Herb Mayonnaise

6 small lionfish fillets
2 tablespoons margarine or butter, melted
freshly ground black pepper

Prepare Fresh Herb Mayonnaise and refrigerate.


Recap: If you can’t beat ‘em, eat ‘em

The first annual “If you can’t beat ‘em, eat ‘em” Lionfish/Lobster Tournament successfully concluded on Sunday, June 9th with a celebration bar-b-que hosted at Hannah’s Haus in Beaufort, NC, but prepared by Libby Eaton of Bistro-by-the Sea. The inaugural event combined local businesses (Discovery Diving, Seahorse Coastal Consulting, SeaLake), restaurants (Bistro-by-the-Sea and Hannah’s Haus), and non-profits (Carteret Catch and Eastern Carolina Artificial Reef Association) with the goals of


The S/V Hardrock Sinks

On June 11 after months of preparation the East Carolina Artificial Reef Association sunk the S/V Hardrock as another artificial reef on the reef site also home to the Indra, the Nepomuk and a Barge. ECARA would like to thank the tireless efforts of Terry Leonard & Dean Anderson in this project and LeRoy Craytor, Steve Myers, Brent Greenberg, Wes Cooper, Calvin & Teresa Shaw of Aquatic Pleasures.


If you Can’t beat ‘em, eat ‘em

The "If you Can't Beat 'em, Eat 'em" Spearfishing Tournament will be an annual tournament to raise public awareness of the lionfish invasive species problem in the Atlantic; to develop a possible management strategy by creating the means for a sustainable commercial fishery; and to encourage the sale of locally caught seafood.


Eastern NC's Most Recent Artificial Reef


Sinking of the Barge

The weather could not have been more perfect as the Outrageous V pulled away from the dock on Tuesday morning. The goal of the day was to sink an old barge, donated by Taylor Brothers Marine Construction, to the Artificial Reef Program. The Eastern Carolina Artificial Reef Association acquired the barge about 9 months ago and has been working tirelessly to prepare the vessel to become the next victim of the Graveyard of the Atlantic. The tow to the AR-330 site (Indra) took approximately 4 hours. Once the barge was moved into position she was attached the Indra with a cable about 150 feet off the stern. As the soft patches on either side were removed the workers on deck began pumping sea water into the bilge, all that was left to do was wait. Once the soft patches started dipping below the surface it was time for the workers to break down the pumps and clear off the deck, it was only a matter of time now.