FWC News Release
Media contact: Amanda Nalley, 850-410-4943 or Amanda.Nalley@MyFWC.com

Itís big, itís bold and itís invasive. But could your lionfish catch be a record?

If it is over 477 millimeters (18.78 inches) it very well could be.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissionís (FWC) newest way of encouraging divers to target these spiny invaders is the lionfish state records program.

Lionfish are an invasive species that could have a negative impact on native fish and wildlife.

Think you canít possibly get one larger than 18.78 inches? Donít worry. You can qualify by both length (must be in millimeters) and weight (grams) for largest and smallest lionfish. We also have divisions for junior and hook and line.

Record holders will be recognized on www.MyFWC.com and may receive prizes as well.

Enter your record fish today by visiting www.MyFWC.com/Lionfish and clicking on ďState Records Program.Ē

Make sure to review the application form thoroughly before submitting your catch. Potential record lionfish must have been harvested using legal methods.

Also, check out lionfish videos at our new YouTube channel, FWC Saltwater Fishing at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHM28mzWFeqjXc9PCDUdc4Q