TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — State wildlife officials are trying to make it easier to catch lionfish in Florida waters.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced Monday that no fishing license is required when bagging lionfish using pole spears, handheld nets, Hawaiian slings or other devices specifically designed for bringing in lionfish.
Also, there's no recreational or commercial bag limit for lionfish for the next year.
Conservation commission official Jessica McCawley says the state is hoping to reduce the lionfish's impact on native Florida fish and wildlife.
Lionfish have no natural reef predators and compete for food and habitat against domestic species such as grouper and snapper. The fish belong in the Indian and Pacific oceans.
Lionfish have venomous spines but they are edible. However, they might harbor toxins and the FDA says eating them might be risky.
Copyright 2012 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
One person will win a three-year lease on a 2013 Honda Civic Lx Sedan automatic.
Click to see the latest mugshots, plus this week's wanted fugitives.
This feature packed upgrade brings you faster performance, easier navigation, and stunning improvements to photos, video and readability.
Latest News Stories
Three years ago, a jury heard lurid testimony about a burned body and a brazen cover-up before convicting a former New Orleans police officer of fatally shooting a man without justification in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.