August 22, 2014
By Florida Sportsman
Press Release FWC
See or catch a lionfish? Report it. That's what many lionfish hunters have been doing, thanks to the new Report Florida Lionfish app. Released to the public May 28, the app has been downloaded by more than 2,500 people. The first 250 to successfully report their lionfish catch or sighting received an interactive Lionfish Control Team T-shirt. The logo on these shirts is designed to come to life on your smartphone.
In addition to the app, data can also be submitted online at MyFWC.com/Lionfish by clicking on “Report Lionfish.” Lionfish are an invasive species that negatively impact Florida's reefs and wildlife.
The Report Florida Lionfish app includes educational information on lionfish and safe handling guidelines, as well as an easy-to-use data-reporting form so divers and anglers can share with the FWC information about their sighting or harvest. App users also can take and share a photo of their catch. These photos may be used in future publications or social media efforts. Glen Hoffman(Samples shown here: Kyle Huber with his lionfish, and Glen Hoffman's big catch.)
The FWC will use the data to help identify sites where targeted lionfish removal might be most beneficial. All data will be available to the public and shared with other groups and agencies collecting this kind of information.
Several users have submitted ideas on how to improve the app, and the FWC is looking into implementing those changes, including allowing users to submit using a photograph that is already on their smart device and adding fields for smallest and largest catch.
Learn more about the new app, T-shirt and interactive logo by watching a video online. Missed your opportunity to receive a Lionfish T-shirt? These shirts will also be given out at various lionfish-related events, such as derbies, across the state.
Learn more about lionfish at MyFWC.com/Nonnatives; click on “Marine Life.”