Prepare with Care!
Cleaning and Fileting a Lionfish

Please view our video hosted by Vone Research's Lionfish Czar, Christina Acevedo, who demonstrates the proper handling techniques used when cleaning and fileting a lionfish.  A venom gland is located at the base of each spine. See the 'Fin Locator' to the left for the location of these spines.
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Lionfish Fin Locator - Diagram of location of Venomous Spines
Once the fish has died the venom in the spines remain active for up to an hour at which point they gradually start to denature, so please be cautious when handling and preparing the fish. This venom is only in the spines however, not in the flesh.