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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.