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Lionfish Havoc – Florida Yacht Charter Grounds |Yacht Charter

In 2010, we took a look at efforts to control the invasion of lionfish in the Florida Keys.   Recent reports paint a disturbing picture – efforts to control the population have not been successful.

According to Oregon State scientist Stephanie Green, “There is strong evidence that the lionfish is having negative effects on the native population.  We don’t see any signal that anything is controlling lionfish population.”

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The problem is simple – lionfish, native to the western Pacific Ocean, have no natural predators in the Atlantic Ocean. They live up to 15 years, and one female can produce as many as 2 million eggs in one year.
"Many of our Florida yacht charter clients are avid divers," reports Jana Sheeder, President of SailAway Yacht Charters. "We are hearing more and more tales of multiple lionfish in the reefs in the Florida Keys, as well as the in the cruising grounds in the nearby Bahamas."
So far, the only viable option to attempt to control the invasion remains the same – eat them!  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association continues to exotic lionfish continue invading florida yacht charter cruising grounds - ideal remedy is to eat themrecommend aggressive efforts to harvest and consume lionfish.
So, next time you are at your favorite seafood restaurant, instead of ordering an overfished item like tuna, see if lionfish is on the menu! Enjoy a delicious meal AND make a difference!


Affordable airfare from just about anywhere in the United States makes Miami and the Florida Keys an excellent venue for a domestic yachting holiday.   Learn more by contacting SailAway at

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