The lionfish is a non-native predatory reef fish that feeds on native Florida fish and competes with them for food. Because they have no known predators in Florida waters, lionfish are spreading rapidly.
Researchers target five habitat areas in the Florida Keys to assess lionfish populations to help develop a management plan for the invasive species.
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There are several ways you can report lionfish sightings in Florida.
View recreational fishing regulations for lionfish collected from state waters.
View Florida landings data for lionfish.
View photos and video of lionfish research throughout Florida.
View a selection of lionfish references.
In October 2006, FWRI researchers received the first-known lionfish caught in Florida's Gulf coast waters.