Proudly owned and operated by David Johnson, Traditional Fisheries offers a unique approach to catching and distributing fish. Working closely with the highest skilled spear fishermen in Mexico, we operate under the basic principle that sustainable, safe and environmentally friendly operations give our customers the finest, freshest quality product that Traditional Fisheries is pleased to stand behind.
Traditional Fisheries is dedicated to the health and success of the industry. From the very beginning, we’ve done more than contribute to its growth and prosperity — we’ve helped shape it while serving our customers and the environment. We believe that the future of this industry is dependent on the commitment of Traditional Fisheries and companies like us. We will continue to push the industry in new and exciting ways while never losing sight of what we believe in.
The lionfish is a wonder. At once, it is a beautiful, awe-inspiring fish, a venomous enemy and a favored delicacy. How it gets from the depths of the world’s oceans to the table is a complex and exciting tale. To understand Traditional Fisheries’ story best, let’s start where all great tales do — from the beginning.
In 1992, Hurricane Andrew shattered an aquarium tank in Florida and a half-dozen spiny, venomous lionfish were washed into the Atlantic Ocean, spawning an invasion that threatened to kill off local tourism, industry and native fish. Now, the Atlantic population of lionfish is estimated to be hundreds of thousands and it’s this population explosion that holds the potential to endanger three-quarters of a reef’s animal and plant inhabitants. Being among the most venomous fish on the ocean floor, lionfish are voracious predators that eat their way through the reefs like a plague of locusts, sited by many organizations to be among the most devastating marine invasions in history.
Luckily, the best hope for slowing the spread of lionfish may be humans.
Since lionfish are delicious, but hard to catch due to their venomous spines and disregard for most conventional forms of fishing, Traditional Fisheries has found a unique approach that bridges the need for a managed, sustainable lionfish population and the demand for the product in high-end restaurants, hotels and markets around the world. With netting and most common forms of fishing proving to be unsuccessful, spear fishing has become the most efficient and successful way to help protect the environment the lionfish have invaded while providing a fresh, safe and satisfying product.
With a site in Mexico, the Traditional Fisheries staff has a unique familiarity with the region in which lionfish have invaded. In addition to having a one-of-a-kind understanding of the habitat, Traditional Fisheries takes pride in our strong relationships with local spear fishermen. For years, we’ve brought the freshest products to our customers while bridging our respect for the community with the need to protect the reef and its inhabitants from the lionfish.
How You Can Contribute
Traditional Fisheries is working to advance the education and prevention of one of the most devastating marine invasions in history. But we can’t do it alone. We’re looking for ideas, resources and supporters to help build awareness and protection for our precious ecological community. Join us to become a part of the solution. Some of the ways that you can work with us include the following:
- Sponsor an event
- Help educate your peers and community
- Donate resources
- Share your ideas
If you are interested in working with Traditional Fisheries, please contact us below.
Lionfish research program.
Learn about lionfish biology.
Includes more facts about lionfish, t-shirts and recipes for cooking lionfish.
Get to know us
Whether your a restaurant that wants to serve lionfish, an independent fish wholesaler or cooperative that has been affected by the invasion of lionfish, Traditional Fisheries would like to hear from you.
Contact our main office:
1915 Peony Lane
Wayzata MN 55447
Contact our location in Mexico:
Conocido Xcalak, Quintana Roo