FWC wants to make it easier for anglers to catch lionfish
NAPLES, Fla.- Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission wants to permanently change rules that will make it easier to catch lionfish in Florida Waters.
FWC has repealed two rules prohibiting spearing and using an artificial light while spearfishing off Collier County in state waters.
The Collier County Board of Commissioners sent a letter to FWC in February requesting the change after the first lionfish was captured by hook-and-line in January in state waters off the county.
Lionfish are nonnative and invasive. They negatively impact Florida's native fish and wildlife, according to FWC.
FWC put a temporary rule in place in August that waived the recreational fishing license requirement when targeting lionfish with pole spears, handheld nets and other devices meant to catch the invasive fish. FWC Commissioners will finalize their changes at their June meeting.
For more on the proposal presented to Commissioners, visit MyFWC.com/Commission and select "Commission Meetings."