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Lionfish Hunting

Lionfish Hunting

Lionfish hunting March 2020

Lion Fish March 2020

Lionfish Hunting in key largo is allowed in most areas other than the Sanctuary Protection Areas (SBA)

Lion fish are an invasive species that can decimate a reef of its native fish life. the experts at Reef.org do not believe that we will ever remove these fish from our waters but we sure are up for getting the numbers reduced!

Some Amazing Lionfish Facts!

Since 1985 the population of Lion Fish has grown massively see this interactive invasion timeline showing the spread of Lionfish starting in Miami and spreading through Florida and the Caribbean.

One adult lion fish can consume up to 60 native fish a day

An adult lion Fish can produce up to 2 million baby lion fish per year

Baby Lion Fish start hunting and consuming native reef fish after 3 days

The largest record lionfish measured a little over 47.7cm or 19.5 inches and was speared near Islamorada, Florida in the United States

Permits Required

Lionfish hunting in the Florida Keys Marine Sanctuary  does not require a special permit where fishing is normally allowed.

You will need a Permit to catch Lion fish in the Sanctuary Preservation Areas.

Hand nets or slurp guns only, no Spearguns or pole spears within the Sanctuary area.

We also have areas outside the Sanctuary where pole spears are allowed.

In all cases you should attend a Lionfish safe handling and collection workshop with Reef.org

Lionfish Derbies

Reef.org has organized Lionfish Hunting derbies for the last 10 years where teams compete to get the most, biggest and smallest Lionfish.   If you would like to take place in these derbies we are able to take you on our boat, call us for details!

Lionfish Hunting Trips

We run exclusive monthly Lionfish hunting trips for up to 6 divers.

These exclusive monthly trips are $110 per diver for 2 tank dive and include tanks and weights.

Rental equipment

As always we can provide SCUBA rental gear. Lionfish hunting specific equipment can be purchased at the shop such as nets and pole spears.

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