Lionfish Tournament and Event Calendar

Be The Predator Logo No BackgroundGet involved with lionfish awareness and removal by attending one of the following tournaments or events:
2018 Lionfish Summit External Website: Held  Oct. 2-4 in Cocoa Beach and featured presentations and discussion. View the Summit Agenda Adobe PDF.
Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day: First Saturday after Mother's Day each year. 2018 event details External Website
Become a Reef Ranger External Website: Adopt a reef and pledge to remove and report lionfish.
Host a workshop: Includes lionfish presentation and fillet demonstration. Email name, organization name, location and
an estimated number of attendees


Attention Dive Shop Owners:

Host a "Become the Predator" workshop and lionfish excursion. In partnership with dive shops, FWC educates and trains divers to confidently and safely harvest lionfish. Interested in hosting a workshop and lionfish excursion? Contact

Lionfish Harvest Charter Program: FWC encourages dive shops and charter captains to implement lionfish excursions into their regularly-scheduled charters to meet diver demand and contribute to statewide removal efforts. Apply for the harvest reimbursement program Adobe PDF. Contact to find a dive charter near you.

To feature lionfish brochures Adobe PDF in your shop, send your mailing address and number of brochures to

Events where you can learn about lionfish:

Upcoming "Become the Predator" workshops: 

Learn about lionfish, their invasion, and how to safely target and remove them from Florida waters. Contact to host your own!

Check back soon for upcoming workshops!

2018 Tournament Calendar

Apply for FWC lionfish tournament financial sponsorship Adobe PDF.

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

DateLocationName External WebsiteContact
2/1-11/30 Florida Florida Spearfishing Tournament Allie ElHage
3/1-5/17 Pensacola Lionfish World Championship (pre-tournament) Andy Ross
3/31 Key Largo REEF Winter Lionfish Derby Ashley Yarbrough
4/21 Miami 4Earth Lionfish Derby
5/9-12 Jacksonville North Florida Shootout Eric Welden
5/12 Key Biscayne 1st Annual Key Biscayne Yacht Club Lionfish Derby Darren Betz
5/18-20 Pensacola Lionfish World Championship Andy Ross
5/19 St. Petersburg 2018 Lionfish Calcutta Teresa Hattaway
5/19-20 Panama City Beach Lion Tamer Tournament Leigh Anne Pattenaude
6/1-2 Fort Pierce Martin County 8th Annual Lionfish Round-Up April Price
6/1-3 St. Petersburg Tampa Bay Spearfishing Challenge Bill Hardman
6/8-10 Fort Pierce Capt. Don's Treasure Coast Lionfish Safari Capt. Dyana Boyd-Voss
6/8-10 Miami REEF Miami Lionfish Derby Ashley Yarbrough
6/16 Miami 8th Annual Lionfish Bash Lucy Foerster
6/22-24 Key West 7th Annual That's What She Shot Lea Moeller
6/23 Mexico Beach Mexico Beach Gollywhopper Tournament Zach Childs
6/30 Sebastian Sebastian Lionfish Fest Kendra Cope
7/6-8 Sarasota REEF Saraosta Lionfish Derby Ashley Yarbrough
7/13-14 Fort Lauderdale REEF Fort Lauderdale Lionfish Derby Ashley Yarbrough
8/3-5 Palm Beach REEF Palm Beach County Lionfish Derby Ashley Yarbrough
8/10-12 Jacksonville REEF Jacksonville Lionfish Derby Ashley Yarbrough
8/17-19 St. Petersburg St. Pete Open
8/25 Pompano Beach Pompano Beach Lionfish Derby Rob Wyre
9/1 Stuart Buck Wild Fish Roundup
9/14-16 Key Largo REEF Upper Keys Lionfish Derby Ashley Yarbrough
9/28 Sarasota Suncoast Spearfishing Challenge
10/6-7 Navarre Navarre Fishing Rodeo


Receive updates when a new event is added to the calendar. Click on the red envelope at the top of this page. Enter your email and then select SWF - Lionfish Events.

Lionfish Tournament Results

For historical tournament results, email

2018 (size is in mm unless otherwise noted)

Name External WebsiteLocationDateNumber HarvestedLargestSmallestNumber of Participants
REEF Winter Lionfish Derby
Key Largo 3/31 414 440 118 49
Lionfish World Championship (pre-tournament) Pensacola 3/1-5/17 4,056 N/A N/A 39
4Earth Lionfish Derby Miami 4/21 7 11.5 in. 8.5 in. 24
North Florida Shootout Jacksonville 5/9-12 144 N/A N/A 14
1st Annual Key Biscayne Yacht Club Lionfish Derby Key Biscayne 5/12 1 N/A N/A 10
Lionfish World Championship Pensacola 5/18-20 9,619 435 73 99
2018 Lionfish Calcutta St. Petersburg 5/19 204 N/A N/A 17
Lion Tamer Tournament Panama City Beach 5/19-20 1,490 17 1/8 in. 0.02 in. 45
Martin County 8th Annual Lionfish Round-Up Fort Pierce 6/1-2 288 15 5/8 in. 5 7/8 in. 22
Tampa Bay Spearfishing Challenge St. Petersburg 6/1-3 189 N/A N/A 12
REEF Miami Lionfish Derby Miami 6/8-10 308 411 112 16
Capt. Don's Treasure Coast Lionfish Safari Fort Pierce 6/8-10 327 N/A N/A 22
8th Annual Lionfish Bash Miami 6/16 67 26.85 oz 0.2 oz 63
7th Annual That's What She Shot Key West 6/22-24 283 N/A N/A 10
Sebastian Lionfish Fest Sebastian 6/30 52 365 134 36
REEF Saraosta Lionfish Derby Sarasota 7/6 545 391 98 24
REEF Fort Lauderdale Lionfish Derby Fort Lauderdale 7/13-14 509 409 131 24
REEF Palm Beach County Lionfish Derby Palm Beach 8/3-5 175 373 84 121
REEF Jacksonville Lionfish Derby Jacksonville 8/10-12 285 381 31 12
Pompano Beach Lionfish Derby Pompano Beach 8/25 256 N/A N/A 57
REEF Upper Keys Lionfish Derby Key Largo 9/14-16 1,196 396 56 50
Suncoast Spearfishing Challenge Sarasota 9/28 107 410 160 12
Navarre Fishing Rodeo Navarre 10/6-7 0 N/A N/A 14

Total: 23 derbies


Total: 20,522 lionfish


More information:

Lionfish Recreational Regulations

Lionfish Species Information

Lionfish Brochure Adobe PDF

Donate to the Lionfish Outreach Program External Website

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