This is one of the larger lionfish submitted through the REEF lionfish derby in Sarasota. Lionfish are native to the Indo-Pacific ocean and are an invasive predatory fish with venomous spines and have no natural predators in Florida.
Since their first sighting in 1995 the population has exploded and they are outcompeting the natural wildlife for food and territory in our ocean. The only way to keep the population under control is by harvesting the lionfish.
Lionfish derbies are great conservation methods to help control the population but the population control doesn’t have to stop there. There is no limit or restrictions for harvesting lionfish. Any opportunity there is to collect these predatory fish can help to take back our reefs and help restore Florida’s natural ocean ecosystem.
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