Whole Foods now selling invasive lionfish in Florida stores

TAMPA, FL (WFLA) — Whole Foods is now selling lionfish, which is considered an invasive species in Florida.

Whole Foods said in a news release that it is helping the environment by reducing the number of lionfish in the wild. Whole Foods is hoping to create a demand for fishermen to catch lionfish.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says that lionfish are a venomous and invasive species that have a potential negative impact on native species and habitat. FWC encourages the removal of lionfish to limit the negative impact.

Whole Foods staff will remove venomous spines on the lionfish. Once lionfish is caught and placed on ice, the fish can not physically release venom from its gland, making it safe for people to eat. Whole Foods describes lionfish as a delicious seafood option with white, buttery meat.

Whole Foods is offering lionfish at a special, introductory price of $8.99 per pound through Tuesday, May 31. The regular price is $9.99 per pound.

Learn more about lionfish from the FWC. 

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