The poisonous stonefish is caught for eating in the Philippines. How are they caught there, and who are the people who catch them?

Posted on April 28, 2018.

Stonefishes, aka Synanceia, are one of the most venomous fishes. They can be fatal to humans.

Stonefishes, aka Synanceia, are one of the most venomous fishes. They can be fatal to humans.

They have potent neurotoxins secreted from glands at the base of their needle-like dorsal fin spines which stick up when disturbed or threatened.

This means that they are really dangerous to unsuspecting swimmers and predators, but it is possible to catch them as long as you know what you are doing.

Experienced fishermen will know how expertly spot Stonefish (who are great at camouflage and can really look like a plain rock), catch them, as well as cut off the dangerous spines.

They have spent years practicing this, and most have techniques that are passed on by generations.

Stonefish in fish stores will often look like this, live and fresh but missing the spines

Stonefish is actually easier to handle once you managed to removed the spines. The fish is pretty harmless w/out them. It would still take skill to cook and prepare it, but there are not much dangers anymore.

Compare this to Fugu/Pufferfish, where the toxins are inside the fish in its organs. Japanese Fugu chefs train for years and require licenses to prepare the fish. They need to prepare the fish expertly and carefully as one wrong cut can mean a dead customer.

It is quite interesting to wonder, how many people died until we eventually figured out which part of these fishes were toxic / venomous.

Source: quora