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Lionfish wanted! Sell your lionfish to Florida seafood dealers

March 14, 2016 6 Comments
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Want to sell your lionfish? With a $50 Saltwater Products License (Click here to find information about and the application to obtain your SPL) you can sell your catch to seafood wholesale dealers around the State of Florida. Below is a great list compiled by the FWC Lionfish program (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission) of seafood wholesale dealers who want to buy your lionfish. We have done a great job in raising lionfish awareness over the last several years and now restaurants are having a difficult time keeping the fish on the menu on a regular basis. Because of this strengthening market, the regular diver can cover all their fuel, boat, airfills, and other diving expenses as well as putting a little extra coin in their pocket, all while having a great time spearing this invasive species and getting them off of our reefs! Prices vary, we have heard of lionfish being bought anywhere in the $3-$5 range for whole fish. Some dealers may require gutting and removing the spines beforehand. Head shots are encouraged to minimize the damage to the meat. The list gives minimum fish size for the various dealers as well as minimum and maximum quantity. Like everything else in life, it’s good to establish a relationship ahead of time. Happy Hunting!

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About the Author:

Andy is a former US Navy Diver and Submariner, 20 year PADI Dive Instructor, USCG 100 ton Captain, Inventor & entrepreneur, manufacturer, Yachtbroker, skilled mechanic & electrician, and an avid hunter of lionfish.

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  1. Rick Beaudoin says:

    hi Andy
    found your article on lion fish i find it
    quite interesting
    any chance I might get you to elaborate
    a bit more on topic?
    among other accomplishments in your life
    says you’re a dive instructor if I might inquire where are you located? and do you
    have a class or first hand knollage on hunting these spiny devels?
    long story short got open water certified in 87 down in islmorada but have not done
    much diving since 2k and would feel best with refresher course or advanced open
    water/lion fish instruction can we talk?
    thanks sincerly… Rick Beaudoin

  2. Francisco Javier Quevedo Celsi says:

    December 10,2016

    Good afternoon, we have the capacity,starting March 2017 to provide frozen lion fish,degutted in 50 lb. polyethelene 2mm bags.Procedence San Andres Island,COLOMBIA.Delivery Port Everglades in 20feet refrigerated containers.Frequency every fortnight.Maximun deliveries until new notice 10,000lbs.
    PLS.advise on CIF market prices.

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