The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Kicks Off Lionfish Photo Contest

The contest ends April 30 or when all 150 T-shirts have been given out.

Friday, Mar 29, 2013  |  Updated 7:26 AM EDT
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Snap a photo of yourself with your lionfish catch and you could win a "Lionfish Control Team" T-shirt.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is giving out up to 150 T-shirts during the month of April to anyone who takes a pic with their lionfish catch, and posts it on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #FWCLionfish.

“Nonnative, invasive lionfish have infiltrated state waters and are negatively impacting Florida’s reefs and wildlife,” Jessica McCawley, director of the FWC’s Division of Marine Fisheries Management, said in a statement. “These fish not only prey on native saltwater species, they also compete for food with economically important species such as grouper and snapper."

Photos have to be your own and no editing software can be used. It is preferred if the photos are taken in Florida, and they should be recent.

After FWC reviews them, the photographers will be contacted and will have to submit the original photo by email. The photos may be used for educational purposes.

The contest ends on April 30.

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