In an attempt to manage the Lionﬁsh population, various countries have devised action plans.
- In the Bahamas a Lionﬁsh kill order was issued to ﬁshermen in 2007. Education seminars, adopt a reef and removal by spear ﬁshing/hand nets in tourist hot spots is carried out.
- In Bermuda a Lionﬁsh culling program was initiated in 2008 that included a training program, collecting license and a special dive ﬂag allowing commercial and recreational ﬁshers to spear Lionﬁsh along near-shore reefs.
- In the Turks and Caicos Islands, the DECR (Department of Environment and Coastal Resources) have training programs, issued collecting licenses and a special dive ﬂag allowing commercial ﬁshers to spear and dive centres to capture Lionﬁsh with nets.
- In October 2009 the DECR started a campaign to encourage local restaurants to put Lionﬁsh on their menu and a Lionﬁsh tournament lasting a year started in October 2009 with ﬁrst prize being $3,000. There is also a Lionﬁsh Derby day in the summer.
- In Aruba the law were updated to allow spearfishing (were illegal to kill anything under water) only LionFish with Pole spear “NO Speargun”.
- Also NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration) researchers have developed techniques to trap Lionﬁsh from deeper waters and larger areas that are impractical for removal by divers. Aruba’s first trials were in April 2017 Click here to learn more
- An early detection and rapid response program has also been developed by a collaborative effort by NOAA, REEF (Reef Environmental Education Foundation) and USGS (United States Geological Survey) in South Florida.
LionFish are slow moving fish and often found stationary. This allows them to be relatively easily captured.
There are two (2) methods commonly used in capturing LionFish;