Lionfish Derby and Event Calendar

FWC Lionfish Control Team logoGet 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 Lionfish@MyFWC.com.

 

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@MyFWC.com.

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 Lionfish@MyFWC.com 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 Lionfish@MyFWC.com.

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 Lionfish@MyFWC.com to host your own!

Check back for upcoming events or contact us to host your own!


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 Lionfish@MyFWC.com to get it featured on the calendar.

DateLocationName External WebsiteContact
2/1-11/30 Florida Florida Spearfishing Tournament  Allie ElHage zookeeperlcu@gmail.com
3/1-5/17 Pensacola Lionfish World Championship (pre-tournament) Andy Ross sharkman58@gmail.com
3/31 Key Largo REEF Winter Lionfish Derby Ashley Yarbrough Ashley@REEF.org
4/21 Miami 4Earth Lionfish Derby Education@msq.cc
5/9-12 Jacksonville North Florida Shootout Eric Welden welden80@gmail.com
5/12 Key Biscayne 1st Annual Key Biscayne Yacht Club Lionfish Derby Darren Betz generalmanager@kbyc.org
5/18-20 Pensacola Lionfish World Championship Andy Ross sharkman58@gmail.com
5/19 St. Petersburg 2018 Lionfish Calcutta Teresa Hattaway jimsdiveshop@earthlink.net
5/19-20 Panama City Beach Lion Tamer Tournament Leigh Anne Pattenaude leighanne@gigliententerprises.com
6/1-2 Fort Pierce Martin County 8th Annual Lionfish Round-Up April Price info@mclionfish.com
6/1-3 St. Petersburg Tampa Bay Spearfishing Challenge Bill Hardman captainbillhardman@gmail.com
6/8-10 Fort Pierce Capt. Don's Treasure Coast Lionfish Safari Capt. Dyana Boyd-Voss mcii@marinecleanupinitiativeinc.org
6/8-10 Miami REEF Miami Lionfish Derby at Phillip & Patricia Frost Museum of Science Ashley Yarbrough Ashley@REEF.org
6/16 Miami 8th Annual Lionfish Bash Lucy Foerster lucy@woodyfoundation.org
6/22-24 Key West 7th Annual That's What She Shot Lea Moeller thatswhatsheshot@gmail.com
6/23 Mexico Beach Mexico Beach Gollywhopper Tournament Zach Childs zachchilds@gmail.com
6/30 Sebastian Sebastian Lionfish Fest Kendra Cope kcope@ircgov.com
7/6-8 Sarasota REEF Saraosta Lionfish Derby at Mote Marine Laboratory Ashley Yarbrough Ashley@REEF.org
7/13-14 Fort Lauderdale REEF Fort Lauderdale Lionfish Derby at 15th Street Fisheries Ashley Yarbrough Ashley@REEF.org
8/3-5 Palm Beach County REEF Palm Beach County Lionfish Derby at Loggerhead Marinelife Center Ashley Yarbrough Ashley@REEF.org
8/10-12 Jacksonville REEF Jacksonville Lionfish Derby at Beach Marine Ashley Yarbrough Ashley@REEF.org
8/25 Pompano Beach Pompano Beach Lionfish Derby Rob Wyre rob.wyre@shipwreckparkpompano.org
9/14-16 Key Largo REEF Key Largo Lionfish Derby at John Pennekamp State Park Ashley Yarbrough Ashley@REEF.org
10/6-7 Navarre Navarre Fishing Rodeo info@navarrefishingrodeo.com

 

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 Lionfish@MyFWC.com

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

Total: 12 derbies

   

Total: 17,047 lionfish

     


More information:

Lionfish Recreational Regulations

Lionfish Species Information

Lionfish Brochure Adobe PDF

Donate to the Lionfish Outreach Program



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