Lionfish Derby and Event Calendar

lionfish decalBe 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
Dive Shop Owners: Feature our lionfish brochure in your shop. Send your mailing address and how many brochures you want to 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 to get it featured on the calendar.







Port Canaveral

See 'Em, Spear 'Em, Eat 'Em


Key Largo

REEF Locals' Winter Lionfish Derby

(305) 852-0030



Northeast Florida Lionfish Blast

Donny Trauthwein



2nd Annual Lionfish Derby

Sky Deboer



Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day Tournament

Andy Ross



Sebastian Lionfish Fest


Gulf Breeze

41st Annual Fishing Rodeo

Verne Rhodes

(850) 261-3731


Panama City Beach

Lion Tamer Tournament

Stacie Galbreath

5/14 -15

Mexico Beach

Lion Tamer Tournament: Mexico Beach 

Carol Cox


Belleair Bluffs

Florida Skin Divers Lionfish Calcutta



2016 Lionfish Shootout



6th Annual Lionfish Round-Up

6/10 – 12

Fort Pierce

Treasure Coast Lionfish Safari

Don Voss

6/11 - 12

Key Largo

Lionfish Safari

(305) 451-1113



Guns & Hoses 15thAnnual Spearfishing Tournament




Sarasota Lionfish Derby

Allie ElHage



Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo

(251) 471-0025


Fort Lauderdale

REEF Teeples Memorial Lionfish Derby

(305) 852-0030


Juno Beach

REEF Palm Beach County Lionfish Derby

(305) 852-0030


St. Pete Beach

Guy Harvey Lionfish Safari


Key Largo

REEF Upper Keys Lionfish Derby

(305) 852-0030



The American Family Life Lionfish Tournament


Other events where you can learn about lionfish:

Florida State Fair - February 4-15, 2016 - Tampa

FSU MagLab Open House - February 27, 2016 - Tallahassee

Lionfish SciCafe - April 21, 2016 - Apalachicola

The Blue Wild - April 23-24, 2016 - Ft. Lauderdale

Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day Festival - May 14-15, 2016 - Pensacola


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Lionfish Tournament Results

Historical Tournament Results








REEF Locals' Winter Lionfish Derby


Key Largo






Name Location Date #Harvested Largest Smallest
Suncoast Spearfishing Challenge Sarasota 9/26-27 173 15.98 in 3.98 in
SFAEP Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center Lionfish Tournament Dania Beach 9/26 166    
Treasure Coast Lionfish Safari Fort Pierce 9/12 198 16.5 in  
Reef Monitoring Lionfish Safari St. Pete Beach 9/11-13 884 420 mm 60 mm
Treasure Coast Lionfish Safari Ft. Pierce 9/11-12   16.5 in 4 in
Key Largo REEF Lionfish Derby Key Largo 9/11-12 488 433 mm 24 mm
Palm Beach County REEF Lionfish Derby Palm Beach 8/14-15 236 411 mm 101 mm
Northeast Florida Lionfish Rodeo Jacksonville 8/9 2584 446 mm 43 mm
2015 Naples Lionfish Derby Naples 8/7-8/8      
Spines and Spinys Marathon 7/29-30 342 2 lb 8 oz 0.03 oz
Gold Coast Lionfish Derby Boca Raton 7/24-25 379    
Lionfish Bash Miami 7/24-25 19 15.89 oz 0.19 oz
Teeples Memorial REEF Lionfish Derby Ft. Lauderdale 7/17-18 318 435 mm 105 mm
2nd Annual Sarasota Lionfish Derby Sarasota 7/10-12 456 418 mm 122mm
Andrew “Red” Harris Foundation Lionfish Tournament Jupiter 7/10-11 119 409 mm 140mm
FGCU Southwest Florida Lionfish Derby Fort Myers 6/26-28 462 400 mm 68 mm
Gulf Breeze Sertoma Family Fishing Rodeo Gulf Breeze 6/6-7 260    
MCAC Lionfish Round-up Jupiter 5/29-30 579 17.5 in 4.25 in
Northeast Florida Lionfish Blast Jacksonville 5/1-5/31 951    
REEF Winter Lionfish Derby Islamorada 2/7 99 407 mm 98 mm
Tampa Bay Spearfishing Challenge Tampa 4/10-12 49 412 mm 217 mm

MCAC Lionfish Clinic & Hunt

Jupiter 4/24-25      

Naples Spearfishing League 3rd Annual Shootout

Naples 4/24-25 42    

Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day Tournament

Pensacola 5/15-17 877 395 mm 89 mm
Treasure Coast Lionfish Safari Ft. Pierce 5/16-17 224 393 mm 117 mm

Richard Warren Rydell Memorial Lionfish Derby

Key Biscayne 5/16 4 282 mm 192 mm

Lion Tamer Dive Tournament

Panama City 5/16 195    

Lionfish Removal Day with Force-E

Pompano 5/16 75 16 in 3.87 in
Mexico Beach Lionfish Cleanup Mexico Beach 5/16-17 23    

Wakulla Diving Center Spearfishing Tournament

Crawfordville 5/16 51    
Discovery Dive World Gulf Coast Reef Hunters Lionfish Derby Destin 5/23 700 305 mm 75 mm

More information:

Lionfish Recreational Regulations

Report Lionfish

Lionfish Species

Lionfish FAQs

2013 Lionfish Summit

Lionfish BrochureAdobe PDF

FWC Facts:
In one spawning season a female tarpon may produce from 4.5 million to more than 20 million eggs.

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