It's Open Season on Lionfish

By: Terry Tomalin


The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission adopted new rules recently that will waive the recreational license requirement for divers targeting lionfish, an exotic species that is crowding out native fish throughout Florida waters.

The new regulations will also allow people to take as many of the invasive fish as they can. Before the change, recreational anglers could not catch more than 100 pounds of lionfish without a commercial license.

Specific gear that can be used to target lionfish without the requirement of a recreational license includes hand-held nets, pole spears, Hawaiian slings or any other spearing devices designed and marketed exclusively for lionfish.



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