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New lionfish tracking map released

andy : May 20, 2016 5:17 pm : Blog

The official launch of the first publicly available interactive lionfish tracking map for use around the entire range of the invasive species lionfish occurs this week. This lionfish tracking map, available at http://lionfish.info/lionfish-tracking-map/, allows anybody to directly input where they either removed or spotted an invasive lionfish. If spotted a green pin is plotted on the map for other divers to return and cull the lionfish, and when removed a red pin is plotted along with the relevant catch data.

Lionfish tracking map at Lionfish.info

Screenshot of lionfish tracking map at Lionfish.info

 

The unique lionfish tracking map came about as a result of several groups of concerned divers who felt the need for this type of tool to help their small island nations get a better grasp on just how extensive the problem with invasive lionfish has become. Much of the research, information and data involving the invasive lionfish has been held privately by the non-profit groups, governmental organizations and Universities that feed on grant money. Because of this lack of transparency, the Lionfish.info team has decided to tear down that pay wall for data and make all of their information available to the public at no cost.

 

Along with allowing any user to add their data to the tracking map, a central component of the data also includes an area where conservation groups, dive shops, and other concerned parties can include their information with the lionfish data so that lionfish hunting tourists can see who is removing lionfish, how many, and where when planning their future dive destinations. Along with providing the public with relevant lionfish invasion data, the Lionfish.info team expects the map to also provide a boost to the diving tourism of many popular destinations from Central and South America as well as around the Caribbean and Florida.

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Giant record lionfish speared in Florida Keys with a Foldspear

andy : March 11, 2016 11:29 am : Blog

Check out this giant lionfish that was speared in the Florida Keys with a 4 foot Foldspear! This one yielded some nice fillets…

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Lionfish hunting in Utila, Honduras

andy : July 25, 2013 6:51 pm : Blog

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Dive destinations in the Caribbean where you can spear lionfish

andy : January 25, 2013 2:29 pm : Blog

In response to a question recently on where a person can go on vacation and spear lionfish we have made up a working list. Please send us feedback if you think we are in error on any of these and we will keep it updated with the latest information.

Places to spear lionfish in Caribbean

 Fortunately more and more dive destinations are starting to open up lionfish hunting for tourists. Even places that have never allowed spearfishing in the past are finally realizing what a significant hazard to the marine environment the lionfish pose, and they are figuring out that allowing tourists to hunt lionfish in their waters is good for the reef and also good for business. Many divers prefer to spend their precious vacation dollars where they can also hunt lionfish while diving.

Dive destinations where tourists are allowed to spear lionfish

For starters, don’t rule out Florida. We have great diving, no license required for an unlimited number of lionfish, and I’ve never heard of a dive business other than in Pennekamp Key Largo that won’t let you hunt lionfish. Pretty much every dive operator will allow it, although some like to see an ‘Advanced’ dive certification. As a courtesy, it’s also always a good idea to bring your own small cooler with ice for storing your lionfish. We don’t want the other guests to have to reach past your lionfish to get into the boat’s cooler for other items.

Please help us keep this list updated by sending us a message here if you know of any other places that will allow tourists to hunt lionfish.

Akumal, Mexicohttp://www.divewithnatalieandivan.com/index.html

Anguilla-?

Antigua & Barbuda-?

Aruba- Norman Arends, PADI Instructor, Bucho_420@yahoo.com 297-731-6336 https://www.facebook.com/ArubaUnderWaterHuntersAuwh

Bahamashttp://www.julietsailinganddiving.com/ (liveaboard dive boat departs Miami)

Barbadoshttp://www.divebarbadosblue.com/

http://spearfishingbarbados.com/

Bay Islands of Honduras

Utilahttp://www.utilacaysdiving.com/

http://www.coralviewutila.com/

Roatanhttp://www.roatanlionfishcompany.com Kelly Ash lionfish hunting trips

Guanaja-?

Bermudahttp://www.bermudascuba.com/lionfish

Belizehttp://reefci.com/ Sapodilla Cays

http://www.splashbelize.com/ Placencia

Bonairehttp://www.wannadive.com/wannapress/

British Virgin Islands – Sorry, the BVI don’t allow visitors to hunt lionfish

Caymanhttp://oceanfrontiers.com/dive-boat-trips/lionfish-hunt.html

http://www.ambassadordivers.com/

Colombia-?

Cozumel, Mexicohttp://triplesail.com/ Guided lionfish hunts

Cuba- Nothing to link to, but we understand you can lionfish hunt around the island.

Curacaohttp://www.oceanencounters.com/en/diving-a-snorkeling/lionfish-scuba-dive-experience

Dominicahttp://www.divedominica.com/

Dominican Republichttp://scubafun.info/ contact John Sack

http://divingdr.com/ Sharky’s

Grenadahttp://www.ecodiveandtrek.com/

Guadeloupe-?

Jamaicahttp://www.scuba-jamaica.com/

Martinique- Sorry, the french islands don’t allow tourists to hunt lionfish

Montserrathttp://www.aquamontserrat.com/#!home/mainPage

Panamahttp://www.goldenfrogscuba.com/ Rey Sanchez

http://dive.com.pa/ Alvaro Silva

http://www.2oceansdivers.com/

Puerto Rico- Lionfish hunting is allowed, still waiting to hear from dive shops that will take tourists out hunting

Playa Del Carmen, Mexicohttp://tankha.com/

St. Barts-?

St. Kitts & Nevishttp://www.divestkitts.com/

St. Luciahttp://www.aadivers.org/about.html

St. Martin- Sorry, the french islands don’t allow tourists to hunt lionfish

Trinidad & Tobagohttp://divingintobago.com// Wild Turtle Scuba Club

http://www.cocomotion.net/ Marlon Winter Roach

http://www.tobagofrontierdivers.com/ Frontier Divers

http://www.underseatobago.com/ Undersea Tobago

Turks & Caicos Islands – Sorry, the Turks & Caicos don’t allow visitors to hunt lionfish

US Virgin Islandshttp://www.corevi.org/invasive-lionfish.html

  • lionfish on the reef

 

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Try a Foldspear in Jupiter, FL

andy : December 3, 2012 7:52 am : Blog

We’ve got another place for you to use a Foldspear prior to buying your own, and great diving at the same time! Capt. SL8R Charters in Jupiter, FL. A top notch Captain and a first class, comfortable dive boat. With the Gulfstream swinging in to it’s closest point to shore on the East Coast, Jupiter is home to some of the clearest water and most abundant sea life in all of Florida. Call 561-575-3483 to book your dive trip today.

Kyalami, Jupiter's finest dive boat

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