10 lionfish=1 extra spiney lobster APPROVED! - Pensacola Fishing Forum

Go Back   Pensacola Fishing Forum > Scuba Forums > General Scuba Chat

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 06-25-2015, 08:32 PM   #1
Senior Member
Candy's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 318
Default 10 lionfish=1 extra spiney lobster APPROVED!

Today was just a great example of how the idea of motivating divers is coming around. READ the FWC announcement below:

Well fellow divers, it's a small step in the right direction! ECRA is still working on our 100 lionfish = 10 native fish plan. If you would like to help, there's still time to sign the petition. With your support, we can get it done.Go here:


FFWCC Commission Vote Report- June 25, 2015

Suggested Tweet: Take 10 #lionfish, get an extra #lobster this summer, says @MyFWC! http://content.govdelivery.com/accou...letins/10bd77f #Florida #SaltwaterFishing

Take 10 lionfish, get an extra lobster during sport season and possibly take home a T-shirt

At its June meeting in Sarasota, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved a new and exciting opportunity that will encourage divers to remove invasive lionfish by allowing them to take one extra spiny lobster each day during the two-day sport season this summer (July 29-30) that they also harvest 10 lionfish.

In addition, people can take a photo of their lionfish and lobster catch during the two-day season and post it on Facebook.com/LionfishReefRangers to get a “Be the Predator” T-shirt. One lucky photo entrant will also win a lifetime saltwater fishing license via a drawing held shortly after the sport season.

“The FWC operates in a culture of innovation. Opportunities like this are a great way to get divers who are already in the water accustomed to removing lionfish,” said Commissioner Brian Yablonski. “Our hope is that once lobster divers realize how easy it is to remove lionfish, they will continue to do so throughout the regular lobster season and beyond.”
Lionfish are invasive species that have a potential negative impact on Florida’s native wildlife and habitat. With no predators or other mechanisms such as disease or parasites keeping the lionfish population under control in Florida at this time, harvest by divers is the primary means of lionfish removal.

For the 2015 spiny lobster sport season only, divers will be allowed a single spiny lobster over the bag limit per dayfor each day that they also harvest 10 or more lionfish. Lionfish must be kept as proof of harvest while on the water. When off the water, a photo of harvesters with their 10 lionfish must be kept to document eligibility for harvesting an extra lobster. Lionfish must be harvested the same day and prior to taking the additional lobster. All other rules, including no spearfishing zones, apply.

The two-day spiny lobster recreational sport season (also known as mini-season) falls on the last Wednesday and Thursday of July each year before the Aug. 6 opening of the regular season. During this two-day season, the regular bag limit is six spiny lobster in state and federal waters of Biscayne National Park waters and off Monroe County, and 12 spiny lobster elsewhere. There is no bag limit for lionfish; harvesters can take as many as they want.
If the program is successful at encouraging lionfish removal, it could be continued in future years.

For more information, visit www.MyFWC.com/Commission and select “Commission Meetings” then the “Agenda.” For information about recreational spiny lobster, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater,” “Recreational” and “Lobster.”

Help the FWC by reporting all lionfish catches and sightings via the Report Florida Lionfish app or at www.MyFWC.com/Lionfish.
Candy is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Old 06-25-2015, 09:39 PM   #2
Senior Member
TONER's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: MILTON
Posts: 933

That's a great start Candy thanks for your efforts. I would love if they just do the same thing with 10 lionfish on board gets 1 extra fish of your choice.
TONER is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-03-2015, 04:50 PM   #3
Senior Member
WhackUmStackUm's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 1,803

I'm impressed Candy. Nice work.
“There is only one way to avoid criticism:
do nothing,
say nothing,
and be nothing.”—Aristotle
WhackUmStackUm is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-03-2015, 05:39 PM   #4
Senior Member
Grand Slam
sealark's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Pensacola, Sherman Cove Marina
Posts: 8,723

I was down to key west for a week. I dove the gulf and the atlantic shallow depths snorkling. In the past years I saw many lion fish. On this trip 3 weeks ago I never saw one lion fish not one. So something is happening to them. I will be in key west again for opening day of lobster aug 6th. Ill report what I see using scuba in deeper waters.
I Dont know where I'm going but I damn sure know where i've been
sealark is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-09-2015, 02:47 PM   #5
Senior Member
Candy's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 318

Thanks for this should be sent to Commissioner Yablonski at the FFWCC. He is the one who pushed it through the commission.

If everyone wants the proposal ECRA has before the commission that would reward divers with 10 native fish tags, good in or out of season, for every 100 lionfish heads turned in, they need to go here and sign the ECRA petition.


If you own a business and want to have your business listed with a link to your site posted on ECRA's web homepage (www.ecreef.org) as a supporter of the proposal, contact me at [email protected] for details. There is absolutely NO Charge for this!

You may also want to send a message of support for the ECRA proposal to [email protected]

Click here to read an outline of how the ECRA proposal would work: http://www.ecreef.org/Documents/4.19...20Brochure.pdf
Candy is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-14-2015, 10:43 PM   #6
Dive1 Unlimited
Dive1's Avatar
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Andalusia Alabama
Posts: 561

Good deal!
Dive1 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Pensacola Fishing Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
How Did You Find Us?
Tell us how you heard about Pensacola Fishing Forum.


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:08 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0 RC 2
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.