In short, lionfish do not belong in the Western Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. They are an invasive species eating everything they can their mouths on, spreading faster than a plague of locusts and, consequently, destroying the ecosystems and reefs in which they live.
So we hunt lionfish; some of us hunt them for sport, some of us hunt them for food and some of us hunt them to protect the ocean and our way of life. We all are doing the very best we can to make a difference in our own way.
Our Mission Statement
Lionfish.co promotes the removal of non-native & invasive lionfish through lionfish hunter education, outreach and direct-action hunting campaigns.
We support divers, anglers, “spearos” and many others through public outreach, education and direct action hunting programs, including:
- Lionfish Hunter Safety and Specialty Certification
- Derby and Organized Hunt Promotion and Marketing
- List of Lionfish Hunting Friendly Dive Centers and Guides
- Unified Sport Record Keeping – We Maintain the Official Lionfish Records
- Data Collection for the Scientific Community
- Safe Handling and Lionfish Preparation Suggestions
- Innovative Lionfish Recipes
- List of Restaurants Serving Lionfish
- and much, much more.
Thank you for visiting our Lionfish Hunting website. If this is your first time here and you are looking for information about invasive lionfish, please see our most frequently asked questions about lionfish. For ideas about how you, too, can get involved in the fight to take our seas back please contact us or offer your time and expertise as a direct-action volunteer!
What We Do
L. Scott Harrell and Andy Lowe, administrators of lionfish.co, offer consulting services to dive centers, restaurants and other businesses who are positioned to take advantage of the unique commercial opportunities that the lionfish invasion present.
My family and I hunt lionfish in the Exumas Bahamas. Keep up the good work,
I would like to be certified in LF hunting. I am looking at stating at a resort (preferbly All Inclusive, traveling with a non-diver) that has a LIf certification program. Do you have any recommendations?
Another restaurant that serves lionfish and sells it in their retail fish market is
Crab E Bills
1540 Indian River Dr
Sebastian, Fl 32958
I had lionfish for lunch sunday, it was great,
I purchased 10 lbs. of filets today!
Where can I order lionfish to eat from online deliveries?
Saw a lionfish at Disney’s Castaway Cay snorkeling cove in November. Reported it to the lifeguard who seemed oblivious to the potential dangers to the reef.
Thank you for this important information and getting the word out that we can actually eat our way out of this lionfish problem.
Up here in Washington State, and I’m sure other areas, groups and businesses can volunteer to clean sections of the highways on a regular basis. Typically there will be small signs along the road designating who has stepped in to clean that area for drivers to see. Maybe dive shops, fishing groups, etc., can pick certain sections of reefs to monthly/quarterly go out and clean out the lionfish? Their group/company can be listed in local maps or other publications as an appreciation of their efforts.
Also, as a 61 year old with 48 years of diving, and nearing retirement, I’d like information on how I can volunteer 3-6 months a year to help harvest lionfish and do my part. How would someone like me make myself available? I’m confident there would be a small army of senior diving volunteers who would love to help if we had a way to do so.
I developed and patented a pneumatic speargun specifically for Lionfish that works off the 1rst stage of a regulator or separate air tank. It retracts so it doesn’t cause damage to the reef. I am having a hard time getting manufacturers interested in producing this unit. Ideas?