68B-5.006. Lionfish

Effective on Wednesday, November 26, 2014
  • 1(1) For purposes of this rule:

    7(a) “Diver” means any person who is wholly or partially submerged in the water, and is equipped with a face mask, face mask and snorkel, or underwater breathing apparatus.

    36(b) “Lionfish” means any fish of the genus 44Pterois, 45or any part thereof.

    49(2) A recreational fishing license is not required for harvesting lionfish by divers only if using the following gear:

    68(a) Hand held net,

    72(b) Pole spear,

    75(c) Hawaiian sling, or

    79(d) Any other spearing device specifically designed and exclusively marketed towards lionfish.

    91(3) Lionfish shall have no commercial or recreational bag limit. Commercial licensing requirements apply for anyone harvesting for commercial purposes.

    111(4) The harvest of lionfish while using a rebreather is allowed in accordance with subsection 12668B-4.012(2), 127F.A.C.

    128(5) In accordance with Rule 13368-5.005, 134F.A.C., the importation of live lionfish 140is 141prohibited.

    142(6) In accordance with Rule 14768-5.005, 148F.A.C., the intentional breeding of lionfish or cultivation of lionfish eggs or larvae in captivity is prohibited 165except as authorized by Conditional/Prohibited/Nonnative species permit.

    172(7) Except for activities authorized by Conditional/Prohibited/Nonnative species permit, the harvest or possession of lionfish eggs or larvae for any purpose other than destruction is prohibited.

    198Rulemaking Authority Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const. Law Implemented Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const. History–New 8-21-13, Amended 8-1-14, 11-26-14.


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