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Invasive lionfish (Pterois volitans): a potential human health threat for ciguatera fish poisoning in tropical waters.
Mar Drugs. 2013 Dec 27; 12(1):88-97.MD

Abstract

Invasive Indo-Pacific lionfish (Pterois volitans) have rapidly expanded in the Western Atlantic over the past decade and have had a significant negative impact on reef fish biodiversity, habitat, and community structure, with lionfish out-competing native predators for resources. In an effort to reduce this population explosion, lionfish have been promoted for human consumption in the greater Caribbean region. This study examined whether the geographical expansion of the lionfish into a known ciguatera-endemic region can pose a human health threat for ciguatera fish poisoning (CFP). More than 180 lionfish were collected from waters surrounding the US Virgin Islands throughout 2010 and 2011. Ciguatoxin testing included an in vitro neuroblastoma cytotoxicity assay for composite toxicity assessment of sodium-channel toxins combined with confirmatory liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry. A 12% prevalence rate of ciguatoxic lionfish exceeding the FDA guidance level of 0.1 µg/kg C-CTX-1 equivalents was identified in fish from the U.S. Virgin Islands, highlighting a potential consumption risk in this region. This study presents the first evidence that the invasive lionfish, pose a direct human health risk for CFP and highlights the need for awareness and research on this food safety hazard in known endemic areas.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Food and Drug Administration, Division of Seafood Science and Technology, Gulf Coast Seafood Laboratory, 1 Iberville Drive, Dauphin Island, AL 36528, USA. alisonrobertson@southalabama.edu.Food and Drug Administration, Division of Seafood Science and Technology, Gulf Coast Seafood Laboratory, 1 Iberville Drive, Dauphin Island, AL 36528, USA. agarci3@gmail.com.Food and Drug Administration, Division of Seafood Science and Technology, Gulf Coast Seafood Laboratory, 1 Iberville Drive, Dauphin Island, AL 36528, USA. Harold.FloresQuintana@fda.hhs.gov.Food and Drug Administration, Division of Seafood Science and Technology, Gulf Coast Seafood Laboratory, 1 Iberville Drive, Dauphin Island, AL 36528, USA. tsmith@live.uvi.edu.Food and Drug Administration, Division of Seafood Science and Technology, Gulf Coast Seafood Laboratory, 1 Iberville Drive, Dauphin Island, AL 36528, USA.Food and Drug Administration, Division of Seafood Science and Technology, Gulf Coast Seafood Laboratory, 1 Iberville Drive, Dauphin Island, AL 36528, USA. kynoch_reale@yahoo.com.Food and Drug Administration, Division of Seafood Science and Technology, Gulf Coast Seafood Laboratory, 1 Iberville Drive, Dauphin Island, AL 36528, USA. nolionfish@yahoo.com.Food and Drug Administration, Division of Seafood Science and Technology, Gulf Coast Seafood Laboratory, 1 Iberville Drive, Dauphin Island, AL 36528, USA. Olsen41@aol.com.Food and Drug Administration, Division of Seafood Science and Technology, Gulf Coast Seafood Laboratory, 1 Iberville Drive, Dauphin Island, AL 36528, USA. Jennifer.Hooe-Rollman@fda.hhs.gov.Food and Drug Administration, Division of Seafood Science and Technology, Gulf Coast Seafood Laboratory, 1 Iberville Drive, Dauphin Island, AL 36528, USA. Edward.Jester@fda.hhs.gov.Food and Drug Administration, Division of Seafood Science and Technology, Gulf Coast Seafood Laboratory, 1 Iberville Drive, Dauphin Island, AL 36528, USA. bklimek15@gmail.com.Food and Drug Administration, Division of Seafood Science and Technology, Gulf Coast Seafood Laboratory, 1 Iberville Drive, Dauphin Island, AL 36528, USA. Steven.Plakas@fda.hhs.gov.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

24378919

Citation

Robertson, Alison, et al. "Invasive Lionfish (Pterois Volitans): a Potential Human Health Threat for Ciguatera Fish Poisoning in Tropical Waters." Marine Drugs, vol. 12, no. 1, 2013, pp. 88-97.
Robertson A, Garcia AC, Quintana HA, et al. Invasive lionfish (Pterois volitans): a potential human health threat for ciguatera fish poisoning in tropical waters. Mar Drugs. 2013;12(1):88-97.
Robertson, A., Garcia, A. C., Quintana, H. A., Smith, T. B., Castillo, B. F., Reale-Munroe, K., Gulli, J. A., Olsen, D. A., Hooe-Rollman, J. I., Jester, E. L., Klimek, B. J., & Plakas, S. M. (2013). Invasive lionfish (Pterois volitans): a potential human health threat for ciguatera fish poisoning in tropical waters. Marine Drugs, 12(1), 88-97. https://doi.org/10.3390/md12010088
Robertson A, et al. Invasive Lionfish (Pterois Volitans): a Potential Human Health Threat for Ciguatera Fish Poisoning in Tropical Waters. Mar Drugs. 2013 Dec 27;12(1):88-97. PubMed PMID: 24378919.
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