TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Keep Florida Fishing®, an advocacy arm of the American Sportfishing Association, is proud to announce their sponsorship of the third annual Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day (LRAD), hosted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) on Saturday, May 20. Through statewide events, LRAD raises awareness about invasive lionfish, which have spread throughout Florida waters and threaten native marine life.
The main LRAD Festival will be held on May 20-21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Plaza de Luna in Pensacola, Florida. The event features lionfish tastings, family-friendly games, local vendors and more. Those interested in harvesting lionfish can attend a tournament also being held this weekend. If you can’t make it to Pensacola, click here to find a local event near you.
“As a proud sponsor of Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day, Keep Florida Fishing supports efforts to combat invasive lionfish and protect Florida’s native ecosystems. We encourage Florida residents to get involved in the fight against lionfish by attending an upcoming festival, tournament, or by participating in the FWC’s Lionfish Challenge removal incentive program,” said Gary Jennings, Director of Keep Florida Fishing.
“We are thankful for FWC’s dedication to lionfish control efforts through events such as Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day. It’s important for everyone to spread the word about the negative impacts of invasive lionfish in order to encourage its removal among recreational and commercial harvesters,” Kellie Ralston, Florida Fishery Policy Director of the American Sportfishing Association.
Keep Florida Fishing represents the interests of the recreational fishing community. As the “Fishing Capital of the World,” Florida has more than 3 million anglers who generate $9.6 billion in economic impact, support more than 128,000 jobs and contribute $53.3 million to Florida conservation efforts through license fees and special taxes on motor boat fuel and equipment.