Lionfish Reward Program

April 10, 2014 - Funding for the reward program has been depleted and the program is temporarily suspended. We are seeking additional funding to reinstate and continue the reward program.

Wanted, Dead or Alive - $5 Reward

The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory is conducting research on lionfish in the Gulf of Mexico and needs your help in capturing specimens of this invasive fish. Lionfish have recently invaded the Gulf of Mexico and their potential effect on native species is unknown. You can help by reporting all lionfish captures and submitting your lionfish catch for study. You'll receive a $5 reward each lionfish submitted.

Program Details

Program Flyer

Caution!

The spines on the lionfish contain venom that can deliver a painful and potentially dangerous stick if not handled properly. Details on recognizing, collecting, and handling lionfish are provided in this flyer. Review this information before handling lionfish.

Additional Information

For more information or questions, contact Alex Fogg at 443.995.6416 or Alexander.Fogg@eagles.usm.edu.

Support the Research with a Lionfish T-Shirt

Lionfish t-shirts support lionfish research at GCRL100% of the proceeds from the sale of these SPF 40 t-shirts goes to support the lionfish research program at GCRL. Order directly on the web or contact Alex Fogg to buy a shirt directly without the shipping delay.

 

 

Online Resources for Lionfish

The lionfish invading Gulf of Mexico waters is the Red Lionfish, Pterois volitans.

GCRL staffers Paul Grammer, Sarah Ashworth, and Alex Fogg with lionfish catch from the Alabama Open Spearfishing Tournament, August 2013.
GCRL staffers Paul Grammer, Sarah Ashworth, and Alex Fogg with lionfish catch from the Alabama Open Spearfishing Rodeo, August 2013.
Photo by Mark Miller. Underwater video of Alex Fogg hunting lionfish near Pensacola, Florida. Second video with lionfish fed to snapper and triggerfish.