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Chef Jim Shirah of Northern Florida prepares a plate of lionfish. Red lionfish (Pterois volitans) are considered the worst invasive species case in human history. Native to the Indian and Pacific oceans they were first spotted in the Atlantic in the 1980's. By the early 2000's they had spread like a virus through the tropcial Caribbean wreaking havoc on native fish species and ecosystems.Image made off Destin, Florida.Their white, flaky meat is often compared to grouper and snapper and is considered especially delicious. According to Jim, lionfish is one of their most popular dishes because they taste great and are guilt-free.