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FWC urges 'open season' on removal of invasive lionfish

Posted at 2:26 PM, May 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-03 10:43:36-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Florida Fish and Wildlife is encouraging divers, anglers and commercial harvesters to remove the invasive lionfish from our waters.

They say this will limit negative impacts to our native marine life and eco-system.

FWC is encouraging divers to declare year-round “open season”, reminding that fishing licenses are not required and there are no bag limits on lionfish.

The most effective methods of removal are spearing and using a hand-held net.

Just be sure to avoid the venomous spines on their dorsal, pelvic and anal fins.

More: FWC info on lionfish