An NPS diver leaps off the boat for a dive to remove invasive lionfish in Biscyane National Park
An NPS biologist on a lionfish dive in the Dry Tortugas
Searching for lionfish in the Dry Tortugas
An NPS diver scours the Mandalay wreck in Biscayne for invasive lionfish
Three lionfish, about 50 feet deep in Biscayne. Lionfish are after found tucked in rocky crevices and under overhangs.
A small lionfish seeking refuge near several Spiny Lobsters in Biscayne Bay
Lion fish are not skittish--the forward of the pair barely flinches as the other is speared by an NPS biologist
A National Park Service diver removing invasive lionfish (Pterois volitans) in the Dry Tortugas.
Coming up from our dive on the Mandalay Wreck.
An NPS diver shows off our only lionfish from the day. Small lionfish like this are indicators of successful reproduction in the area.
Tallying up the total at the end of a lionfish mitigation dive
The largest lionfish of the day
Waste not, want not
The fish that are large enough to eat are filleted; although lionfish is not very meaty, they supposedly make for good eating.
Lionfish lined up on the dock at Loggerhead Key
An NPS biologist displays her catch--one less invasive lionfish in Dry Tortugas National Park.