Lionfish Derby and Event Calendar

BeThePredatorLionfishLogo.jpgBe the Predator! Get in involved with lionfish removal by attending one of the following derbies or events.
Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day is the first Saturday after Mother's Day each year. Celebrate by removing lionfish.
Become a Reef Ranger: Adopt a Reef and pledge to remove lionfish from it. Localized lionfish removal efforts have shown to have a positive impact on native reefs. Learn more about Reef Rangers.
Host a workshop: The FWC Lionfish Team conducts demonstrations on lionfish handling and filleting at events around the state. Request an FWC Lionfish Workshop in your area by emailing your name, organization or business name, location and an estimated number of attendees to Lionfish@MyFWC.com.
Dive Shop Owners: Feature our lionfish brochure in your shop. Send your mailing address and how many brochures you want to Lionfish@MyFWC.com. Get a peek at what the Lionfish Brochure Adobe PDF looks like.

Apply for FWC financial sponsorship of your lionfish derby.Adobe PDF

 

2016 Derby Calendar

Email the event date, location and address, event name, event website, event contact information to Lionfish@MyFWC.com to get it featured on the calendar.

 

Date

Location

Name

Contact

7/28-29

Marathon

Spines and Spinys Tournament

Tilden's Scuba Center

305-743-7255

8/13

Juno Beach

REEF Palm Beach County Lionfish Derby

REEFHQ@REEF.org

(305) 852-0030

9/10-11

St. Pete Beach

Guy Harvey Lionfish Safari

jimsdiveshop@earthlink.net

9/10

Key Largo

REEF Upper Keys Lionfish Derby

REEFHQ@REEF.org

(305) 852-0030

9/17

Jupiter

The American Family Life Lionfish Tournament

AmericanFamilyLife@comcast.net

9/23-24

Wakulla

Eagle Scout Lionfish Tournament

Aidan Edgar

10/15-16

Key Largo

Lionfish Safari

trips@oceandivers.com

305-451-1113

 

Other events where you can learn about lionfish:

9/10: Tallahassee Science Festival - Lake Ella

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Lionfish Tournament Results

Historical Tournament Results

2016

Name

Location

Date

#Harvested

Largest

Smallest

See 'Em, Spear 'Em, Eat 'Em Port Canaveral 2/20      
REEF Locals' Winter Lionfish Derby

Key Largo

3/12

132

392mm

116mm

Northeast Florida Lionfish Blast Jacksonville 4/15-5/15 3,478 n/a n/a
2nd Annual Lionfish Derby Destin 5/7 1,930    
Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day Tournament Pensacola 5/13-15 8,089 445 mm  
Sebastian Lionfish Fest Sebastian 5/17  31 384 mm 123 mm
41st Annual Fishing Rodeo Gulf Breeze 5/13-15   2.72 lbs .019 lbs
Lion Tamer Tournament Panama City Beach and Mexico Beach 5/14-15 728 2.8 lbs .25 oz
Florida Skin Divers Lionfish Calcutta Belleair Bluffs 5/14 655 415 mm 103 mm
2016 Lionfish Shootout Naples 5/27-29 71 410 mm 120 mm
6th Annual Lionfish Round-Up Jupiter 6/3-4 239 403 mm 127  mm
Florida Skin Divers Assoc. Southern Open Clearwater 6/3-5 211 394 mm 130 mm
Treasure Coast Lionfish Safari Fort Pierce 6/10 – 12 740 410 mm 70 mm
Lionfish Safari Key West 6/11 - 12      
Guns & Hoses 15thAnnual Spearfishing Tournament Pensacola 6/11 - 12 370  2.12 lbs 4.12 inches

Sarasota Lionfish Derby

Sarasota

7/9-10

429 385 mm 112 mm

REEF Teeples Memorial Lionfish Derby

 

Fort Lauderdale

7/16

1,250 427 mm 98 mm


More information:

Lionfish Recreational Regulations

Report Lionfish

Lionfish Species

Lionfish FAQs

2013 Lionfish Summit

Lionfish Brochure Adobe PDF



FWC Facts:
Otoliths, commonly known as "ear stones," are hard, bone-like structures located directly behind the brain of bony fishes. These structures aid fish in balance and hearing.

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