Lionfish Derby and Event Calendar

FWC Lionfish Control Team logoGet in involved with lionfish removal by attending one of the following derbies or events.

Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day: First Saturday after Mother's Day each year. 2018 event details External Website.

Become a Reef Ranger: Adopt a reef and pledge to remove and report lionfish.

Host a workshop: FWC led lionfish education and fillet demonstration. Email name, organization/business name, location and an estimated number of attendees to


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 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!

  • 3/17: Deep Six External Website Dive Tribe meeting, Stuart

2018 Derby Calendar

Apply for FWC lionfish derby 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
3/31 Key Largo REEF Winter Lionfish Derby Ashley Yarbrough
3/1-5/17 Pensacola Lionfish World Championship (pre-tournament) Captain Andy Ross
4/21 Miami 4Earth Lionfish Derby
5/9-12 Jacksonville North Florida Shootout Eric Welden
5/18-20 Pensacola Lionfish World Championship Captain Andy Ross
5/19 St. Petersburg 2018 Lionfish Calcutta Teresa Hattaway
5/19-20 Panama City Beach Lion Tamer Tournament Leigh Anne Pattenaude
5/19-20 Sebastian Sebastian Lionfish Fest Kendra Cope
6/1-2 Fort Pierce Martin County 8th Annual Lionfish Round-Up April Price
6/2 Mexico Beach Mexico Beach Gollywhopper Tournament Zach Childs
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 at Phillip & Patricia Frost Museum of Science 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
7/6-8 Sarasota REEF Saraosta Lionfish Derby at Mote Marine Laboratory Ashley Yarbrough
7/13-14 Fort Lauderdale REEF Fort Lauderdale Lionfish Derby at 15th Street Fisheries Ashley Yarbrough
8/3-5 Palm Beach County REEF Palm Beach County Lionfish Derby at Loggerhead Marinelife Center Ashley Yarbrough
8/10-12 Jacksonville REEF Jacksonville Lionfish Derby at Beach Marine Ashley Yarbrough
9/14-16 Key Largo REEF Key Largo Lionfish Derby at John Pennekamp State Park Ashley Yarbrough
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

Total: 1 derby


Total: 414 lionfish


More information:

Lionfish Recreational Regulations

Lionfish Species

Lionfish FAQs

Lionfish Brochure Adobe PDF

Donate to the Lionfish Outreach Program

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