I was snorkeling and lobster hunting in Islamorada with Brian of Satisfaction Charters. I went for a lobster and Brain saw the Lionfish from the boat because it was shallow. He said don’t go near them; they can hurt you. Brian thought it was odd because usually you don’t see Lionfish in the shallows of the gulf. He went to the boat and got a spear and speared them. Afterward, I asked why he did that, and that’s when I learned about them being venomous, tasty to eat and bad for the reef ecosystem.
I have thanked Brian several times as Lionfish hunting is my favorite underwater activity to do. I’m sure I would’ve learned about Lionifsh over time but I’m happy I learned early on in my diving so I can help make a difference sooner than later.
Need a referral while in the Islamorada area wanting to fish for lobster? Brian with Satisfaction Charters is excellent. He’s super safe, a ton of experience, and familiar with the area to get out in the waters and bring back what you wish. We have been friends with him for many years and go out with him multiple times a year.