Underwatertimes.com News Service - March 14, 2016 10:19 EST
lionfish state record florida

Florida has launched a new state record lionfish category to encourage anglers to catch the invasive fish.

It's big, it's bold and it's invasive. But could your lionfish catch be a record?

If it is over 477 millimeters (18.78 inches) it very well could be.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) newest way of encouraging divers to target these spiny invaders is the lionfish state records program.

Lionfish are an invasive species that could have a negative impact on native fish and wildlife.

Think you can't possibly get one larger than 18.78 inches? Don't worry. You can qualify by both length (must be in millimeters) and weight (grams) for largest and smallest lionfish. We also have divisions for junior and hook and line.

Record holders will be recognized on MyFWC.com and may receive prizes as well.

Enter your record fish today by visiting MyFWC.com/Lionfish and clicking on "State Records Program."

Make sure to review the application form thoroughly before submitting your catch. Potential record lionfish must have been harvested using legal methods.