Lionfish Information and Resources

Collect/Report Lionfish

Report lionfish sightings and/or captures HERE

Join REEF to learn about lionfish, the invasion, and safe collection and handling techniques at a Lionfish Workshop.

Get the chance to win cash prizes, and help us round up lionfish by participating in a Lionfish Derby!

Host a REEF Sanctioned Lionfish Derby!

Have lionfish to donate for research? Click for a list of Lionfish Collection Centers in the Florida Keys.


Lionfish Tutorials


Catching Lionfish Using Hand Nets

Watch this short video clip to learn how to catch a lionfish using hand nets.


 Safe Handling Practices 

Learn how to safely filet a lionfish with these videos featuring REEF's Lad Akins.



Eat 'Em To Beat 'Em!

REEF recently released a Lionfish Cookbook co-authored by Trish Ferguson and Lad Akins. Learn how to prepare lionfish,the Caribbean's new delicacy, and get up-to-date lionfish information. 



Restaurants Serving Lionfish                                        Places to Sell Your Lionfish

See full list here                                                              Click here if you're interested
                                                                                     in selling your lionfish



Stay Up To Date On The Lionfish Invasion 

Discover Lionfish and REEF in the media 

View recent Papers and Presentations compiled for the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute regarding the invasion.

Read about lionfish on the Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research (part of NOAA) or the United States Geological Survey websites.

Visit our Lionfish Bibliography to view a list of scientific papers regarding lionfish biology, ecology, and the invasion.



Invasive Lionfish: A Guide to Control and Management

This best practices manual contains control strategies, outreach and education plans, research, monitoring, legal considerations, and ideas for acquiring resources and vital partnerships. This work would not have been possible without the support of NOAA, REEF, ICRI, the United Nations Environment Programme, Caribbean Environment Programme, SPAWRAC, and the 40+ participants of the 2010 Caribbean Regional Lionfish Workshop. Find downloadable copies and Ebook versions at the links below.

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Lionfish Dissection Guide: Techniques and Applications

Dissection can provide unique information on the physiology, biology and ecology of organisms. This document describes protocols for dissecting lionfish. Protocols were developed to provide guidance to trained research personnel and to help standardize handling and dissection methodologies, with the goal of improving research coordination and our understanding of lionfish biology and ecology. Download here.


Lionfish Fact Sheet

Download this attachment prepared by scientists from NOAA, Simon Fraser University, USGS, and REEF to learn the basics of lionfish biology and ecology.


Lionfish for Kids!

Check out these fun activities and educational resources

Get introduced to lionfish and discover the underwater world in the “Junior Ranger: Underwater Explorer” activity book from the National Park Service

Read “El Pez Leon”, a kids lionfish ebook (Spanish). Click here for more ocean themed e-books published by the Acuario Nacional de Cuba.

Get creative, download and make a 3D lionfish toybox



Design by Joanne Kidd, development by Ben Weintraub