The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recently adopted rule changes regarding lionfish harvesting that will waive the recreational license requirement for divers harvesting lionfish using pole spears, handheld nets, Hawaiian slings or other devices.   The new rule also excludes lionfish from the commercial and recreational bag limits, allowing people to take as many of the invasive fish as they can.

Lionfish are native to the Indian and Pacific oceans, and have no natural reef predators.  As a result, not only do they compete for food and habitat against domestic species, but they eat important juvenile reef species, such as grouper and snapper.   Although they have venomous spines, when properly cleaned, lionfish yield a white meat that is considered a delicacy.