Lionfish are an invasive species that have a negative impact on native wildlife and habitat. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) made several changes that will help combat the lionfish invasion in Florida waters. Click the link at top of this page to view the official web page press release for all details.
The approved changes go into effect Aug. 1 and include:
- Prohibiting the importation of live lionfish;
- Allowing the harvest of lionfish when diving with a rebreather, a device that recycles air and allows divers to remain in the water for longer periods of time; and
- Allowing participants in approved tournaments and other organized events to spear lionfish or other invasive species in areas where spearfishing is not allowed. This will be done through a permitting system.
See or catch a lionfish? Reporta sighting by downloading the new Report Florida Lionfish app on a smart device or by visiting MyFWC.com/Fishing and clicking on “Recreational Regulations” (under “Saltwater”) and then “Lionfish.”