Statewide Lionfish Control Efforts
Get Involved to Control Florida's Invasive Lionfish
Are you a diver, seafood lover, or passionate about the environment? Learn about ways to support control efforts by removing lionfish, eating lionfish, and educating others about the effects of lionfish.
The current most-effective way to remove lionfish is by divers using spearfishing equipment.
Ways for divers to get involved:
- Participate in a lionfish tournament.
- Lionfish tournaments can significantly reduce local lionfish populations and they are a great way to meet other divers and get involved in the Florida lionfish community.
- To apply for the 2019-20 Tournament Sponsorship Program, send a FWC Lionfish Tournament Assistance Application 2019-20 to lionfish@MyFWC.com.
- Participate in Lionfish Harvest Charter Program.
- Goal: Provide an incentive for dive charters and dive shops to conduct lionfish-specific harvesting trips in an effort to increase the number of divers safely and confidently removing lionfish and to increase the number of lionfish removed from Florida waters.
- Sell lionfish harvest to the commercial market.
- Divers must possess a Saltwater Products License to sell commercially-harvested lionfish to a licensed Saltwater Wholesale Dealer. Learn more about FWC’s Commercial Saltwater Licenses.
- Wholesale dealer interested in selling lionfish? Contact us to be added to our list of Florida Lionfish Wholesale Dealers.
- Organize a lionfish removal event from an area where spearfishing is otherwise prohibited.
- FWC issues permits to dive clubs, tournaments, and other organized events to remove lionfish from areas near public fishing piers, jetties, or areas that otherwise prohibit spearfishing activities. Contact Lionfish@MyFWC.com to learn more and apply for a permit.
- Lionfish have become a popular food fish. The fillets are firm, white, and flakey in texture and have a mild, non-fishy taste that is comparable to snapper, black sea bass, or hogfish.
- While the spines of lionfish do contain venom, the flesh of a lionfish is not venomous or poisonous.
- Watch a video on how to safely fillet a lionfish.
- Lionfish can be found at many restaurants, seafood markets, and grocery stores across Florida. View a list of restaurants that previously or currently serve lionfish.
Help educate others to increase awareness about invasive lionfish and their effects on native species and habitats.
- Share FWC’s lionfish brochure or contact Lionfish@MyFWC.com to request copies to distribute at your public facility.
- Donate to Florida’s Lionfish Outreach and Control Programs by supporting the Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida.
- Visit a lionfish event near you to participate in awareness and control efforts.