Lionfish Hunting in Akumal, Ongoing Stats and Information

Lionfish have invaded the waters of the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea. They are a destructive force with no known predators here. That is, until divers like Reef Rangers of the Mexican Caribbean, formerly Team Akumal, decided to hunt them in an effort to protect these waters and the wildlife that is indigenous to them. This page is here to tell the story of the Reef Rangers' quest to protect the Caribbean waters and reef around them from the invasion of lionfish. We hope to inspire others to find sustainable ways to fight threats to their environment.

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Since the Reef Rangers started hunting, they estimate they have taken more than 5,000 lionfish. In just 2014, since we have been keeping track they hunted well over 1,200 in the Akumal area!

Periodic reports of Lionfish Hunter success—we want to thank Myrna (AKA Sirena) and team for keeping us informed of the numbers they have caught. (These are not the only people hunting lionfish in the area, but are the only ones who are supplying us with their numbers.) Thank you to Dive with Natalie and Ivan for adding their numbers to the list.

  • May 15, 2016 - 18 lionfish
  • May 14, 2016 - 13 lionfish
  • May 7, 2016 - 35 lionfish at Chinchorro
  • March 2, 2016 - 6 lionfish in front of Akumal Bungalows
  • February 27, 2016 - 14 lionfish in Tulum
  • February 26, 2016 - 8 lionfish in Yaculito, one was 43 cm. long!
  • February 7, 2016 - 12 lionfish near Half Moon Bay
  • February 6, 2016 - 4 lionfish near Half Moon Bay
  • January 31, 2016 - 2 lionfish near Akumal
  • January 30, 2016 - 4 lionfish near Akumal
  • December 18, 2015 - 11 lionfish at Trigger Fish Deep, Akumal Sur
  • November 29, 2015 - 13 lionfish at South Akumal
  • November 28, 2015 - 4 lionfish at Morgans reef
  • November 22, 2015 - 4 lionfish at Yalkuito
  • November 21, 2015 - 3 lionfish
  • November 20, 2015 - 8 lionfish at Herradura
  • October 18, 2015 - 25 lionfish in front of Akumal
  • October 11, 2015 - 9 lionfish at South Akumal
  • October 10, 2015 - 7 lionfish at Sirenis
  • October 4, 2015 - 5 lionfish at South Akumal
  • October 3, 2015 - 6 lionfish at Yalcuito
  • October 2, 2015 - 5 lionfish at South Akumal
  • September 13, 2015 - 8 lionfish at Half Moon Bay ** total 626 for 2015 so far!
  • September 12, 2015 - 17 lionfish in front of Akumal ( 4 were killed and left on the reef)
  • September 6, 2015- 5 lionfish at Half Moon Bay, depth 80'
  • September 5, 2015 -
  • August 30, 2015 - 10 lionfish at Chemuyil, depth 80'
  • August 29, 2015 - 8 lionfish at Halfmoon Bay, depth 80'
  • August 27, 2015 - 10 lionfish at Bungalows, depth 80'
  • August 22, 2015 - 10 lionfish at South Akumal, depth 70'
  • August 23, 2015 - 7 lionfish at Yalku, depth 80'
  • August 17, 2015 - 10 lionfish at Punta Sur, depth 80'
  • August 16, 2015 - 5 Bungalows, depth 75'
  • August 15, 2015 - 8 lionfish at Casa Cenote, depth 80'
  • August 9, 2015 - 8 lionfish at South Akumal, depth 80'
  • August 8, 2015 - 5 lionfish at Puerto Aventuras, depth 60'
  • August 3, 2015 - 2 lionfish at Punta Sur
  • August 2, 2015 - 13 lionfish at Punta Sur
  • July 20, 2015 - 10 lionfish at Half Moon Bay
  • July 19, 2015 - 3 lionfish at Akumal Bay
  • July 13, 2015 - 2 lionfish at Yalcuito
  • July 12, 2015 - 3 lionfish at Bahia Principe
  • July 5, 2015 - 9 lionfish at Gorgonia Reef
  • July 4, 2015 - 2 lionfish at Punta Sur
  • June 28, 2015 - 14 lionfish at Bahia Principe
  • June 27, 2015 - 4 lionfish at Sirenis
  • April 26, 2015 - 15 lionfish at Sirenis
  • April 14, 2015 - 17 lionfish at Tankha
  • April 10, 2015 - 2 lionfish
  • April 9, 2015 - 2 lionfish at Espunhas
  • April 8, 2015 - 1 lionfish Half Moon Bay at 80 feet and 2 lionfish Motorcycle Reef 60 feet
  • April 8, 2015 - 2 lionfish at Las Redes
  • April 6, 2015 - 1 lionfish Simi
  • April 4, 2015 - 1 lionfish Simi
  • April 3, 2015 - 2 lionfish at Las Esponhas
  • April 2, 2015 - 1 lionfish at Las Redes
  • March 28, 2015 - 3 lionfish in front of Akumal
  • March 27, 2015 - 8 lionfish at Yalcuito
  • March 26, 2015 - 6 lionfish at half moon bay
  • March 25, 2015 - 2 lionfish at Tortuga
  • March 24, 2015 - 7 lionfish at Chock, Sirenas
  • March 20, 2015 - 1 lionfish inside Akumal Bay and 6 at South Point
  • March 15, 2015 - 10 lionfish at Punta Sur
  • March 14, 2015 - 25 lionfish at Akumal in front of Bungalows
  • March 13, 2015 - 10lionfish  at Yalcuito
  • March 9, 2015 - 3 lionfish inside Akumal Bay
  • March 8, 2015 - 3 lionfish at Simi
  • March 7, 2015 – 12 lionfish in front of Bahia Principe
  • March 1, 2015 – 24 lionfish at Chemuyil with 6 hunters! THAT'S 289 in 2015!!!


  • February 28, 2015 – 19 lionfish at Half Moon Bay
  • February 23, 2015 – 9 near bungalows
    February 22, 2015 – 15 in front of Akumal
    February 15, 2015 – 7 lionfish at Punta Sur
    February 14, 2015 – 11 lionfish at Half Moon Bay

  • February 8, 2015 – 22 lionfish near Xel-Ha
  • February 7, 2015 – 7 lionfish at Yalcuito
    February 6, 2015 – 11 lionfish at South Akumal
    February 1, 2015 – 13 lionfish Half Moon Bay

  • January 31, 2015 – 26 lionfish at Yalcuito
  • January 30, 2015 – 2 lionfish Ziminha Reef
    January 26, 2015 – 8 caught in Yalcuito
    January 25, 2015 – Myrna's Birthday Dive 30 at Xpuha!

  • January 24, 2015 – 21 lionfish at Punta Sur
  • January 23, 2015 – 9 caught at Akumal South
    January 18, 2015 – 21 lionfish at Palladium
    January 17, 2015 – 26 lionfish at Yalculito
    January 8, 2015 – 8 lionfish in front of the bungalows
    January 3 & 4, 2015 – no hunting due to weather

  • December 27, 2014 – 8 lionfish at South Point THAT'S A TOTAL OF 1251 IN 2014!!!
  • December 26, 2014 – 2 lionfish at Half Moon Bay
  • December 14, 2014 – 20 between Sirenis and Yalculito
  • December 13, 2014 –15 at Yalculito
    December 7, 2014 – 13 lionfish in front of Akumal
    December 5, 2014 – 20 lionfish at Sirenas
    December 3, 2014 – 20 lionfish at Xpu Ha (4 asesinos)

  • November 30, 2014 - 4 lionfish at Motorcycle Reef
  • November 29, 2014 - 9 lionfish at Yalculito.
  • November 23, 2014 - 16 lionfish with 3 hunters at Yalku
  • November 22, 2014 - 14 lionfish with 3 hunters at Punta Sur
  • November 16, 2014 - 33 lionfish out of Xpu Ha 7 hunters
  • November 14, 2014 - 37 lionfish
  • November 9, 2014 - Tankah 26 (9 divers, 6 hunters)
  • November 8, 2014 - 7
    November 2, 2014 - 14
    November 1, 2014 - 16 north of Yalku

  • October 25, 2014 - 13 at Yalculito
  • October 26, 2014 - 22 at Xpu Ha
  • October 19, 2014 - 10 at Yalculito
  • October 10, 2014 - 7 at turtle reef in front of akumal
  • October 11, 2014 - 9 at Yalculito deep
  • October 12, 2014 - 40 in Xpu Ha!

  • August 11, 2014 - 1 at Akumal
  • August 10, 2014 - 22 at Punta Sur
  • August 9, 2014 - 10 at Acquarium
  • August 8, 2014 - 9 at Akumal
  • August 4, 2014 - 15 at Punta Sur
  • August 3, 2014 - 5 at Ziminha Reef
  • August 2, 2014 - 4 at Trigger Fish Reef

  • July 28, 2014 - 5 at Ziminha Reef
  • July 27, 2014 - 5 at Punta Sur
  • July 24, 2014 - 5 at Bahia Principe
  • July 13, 2014 - 18 south of Akumal
  • July 6, 2014 - 17
  • July 5, 2014 - 5 south of Bahia Principe

  • June 22, 2014 - 10 in Chemuyil
  • June 21, 2014 - 7 in front of Half Moon Bay
  • June 19, 2014 - 11 south around DIF
  • June 15, 2014 - 6 in front of Sirenis
  • June 12, 2014 - 1 in Akumal Bay
  • June 8, 2014 - 21
  • June 7, 2014 - 11
  • June 5, 2014 - 7

  • May 24, 2014 - 23 in front in Xpu Ha and Yalcuito
  • May 17, 2014 - 130 taken in the 1st Annual Akumal Lionfish Tournament
  • May 5, 2014 - 19 in front of Chemuyil
  • May 4, 2014 - 19 at Punta Sur

  • April 20, 2014 - 5 in front of Akumal
  • April 19, 2014 - 6 at Punta Sur
  • April 20, 2014 - 11 at Yalcuito
  • April 18, 2014 - 3 at Trigger Fish Reef
  • April 13, 2014 - 11 in Aquarium in front of Palladium
  • April 12, 2014 - 8 at Punta Sur
  • April 10, 2014 - 14 at Punta Sur
  • April 5, 2014 - 8 taken off Halfmoon Bay

  • March 30, 2014 - 11 taken off Akumal Bay (including the biggest yet taken - 45cm)
  • March 29, 2014 - 11 taken off Akumal Bay
  • March 22, 2014 - 8 taken off Yalcuito
  • March 21, 2014 - 50 taken at Xpuha
  • March 15, 2014 - 8 at Punta Sur
  • March 14, 2014 - 20 at Xpuha
  • March 9, 2014 - 12 at Punta Sur
  • March 8, 2014 - Akumal to Tulum Lionfish Tournament
    29 at Paladium and Acuario
    39 at Xpuha
  • March 5, 2014 - 27 taken off Xpuha
  • March 2, 2014 - 10 at Punta Sur
  • March 1, 2014 - 12 off Akumal Bay

  • February 23, 2014 - 8 off Akumal Bay
  • February 22, 2014 - 15 taken off Halm Moon Bay
  • February 16, 2014 - 8 at Punta Sur
  • February 15, 2014 - 2 at Sirenis
  • February 14, 2014 - 41 at Xpu Ha
  • February 9, 2014 - 13 at Punta Sur
  • February 8, 2014 - 12 taken in front of Sirenis
  • February 1, 2014 - 8 taken off Half Moon Bay

  • January 26, 2014 - 15 taken off Yalcuito
  • January 12, 2014 - 12 taken off Punta Sur
  • January 11, 2014 - 5 taken off Yalcuito
  • January 4 & 5, 2014 - 48 taken from various locations

  • December 21-9, 2013 (weekends only) - 32 lionfish taken
  • December 15, 2013 - 27 lionfish taken off Bahia Principe
  • December 14, 2013 - 14 taken in front of Akumal
  • December 8, 2013 - caught 24 lionfish in front of Sirenis Resort
  • December 7, 2013 - 23 taken off Yalku and Yalkuito


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