COLLIER COUNTY, FL - Bill D'Antuono said he's just weeks away from spearing a Lionfish off the coast of Collier County.
"It's still illegal to do but it's going through the steps necessary to lift it," said D'Antuono.
So as FWC works to repeal the rule from the books, D'Antuono and other expert spearfishers are hosting a workshop at Rookery Bay.
"There's a learning curve just like anything."
But class is finally in session.
"How to shoot them, how to handle them, just all about Lionfish."
Scuba stores throughout Collier County expect to teach more about the fish, like what to do once they're speared.
"Clipping their spines underwater."
And not removing that veomous spine on the boat.
"The toxin can go on the boat, and if you have a cut on your foot or something, you can get it like that too."
The stores will also see an increase in their revenue by selling the necessary equipment.
"It will help get people into the water. There will be more people that want to go in the water."
Which will help control the fast-growing population.
"Once they're here, they'll spread rapidly"
And D'Antuono hopes you'll even find the catch on local menus.
"The filets very similar to like a hog fish very white and it tastes very good