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.

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

Host a workshop: FWC led lionfish handling and filleting demos. 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.

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.

To feature lionfish brochureAdobe PDF  in your shop, send your mailing address and number of brochures to Lionfish@MyFWC.com.

2017 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.

DateLocationNameContact
2/11 Key Largo REEF Winter Lionfish Derby Emily Stokes Emily@REEF.org
4/20-5/20 Jacksonville Northeast Florida Lionfish Blast

Donny Trauthwein lionfishblaster@gmail.com

4/22 Miami 4earth Lionfish Derby

Analisa Duran, Miami Seaquarium education@msq.cc

5/20-21 Pensacola Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day Tournament

Andy Ross, Gulf Coast Lionfish Coalition sharkman58@gmail.com

5/20-21 Sebastian Sebastian Lionfish Fest (LRAD) Kendra Cope kcope@ircgov.com
5/20-21 Destin Destin Lionfish Tournament (LRAD) Robert Provost support@discoverydiveworld.com
5/20-21 Panama City Beach Lion Tamer Tournament (LRAD) Stacie Galbreath stacie@diversdenpcb.com
6/2-3 Jupiter 7th Annual Lionfish Round-Up  info@mclionfish.com
6/3 Mexico Beach Mexico Beach Gollywhopper Zach Childs zachchilds@gmail.com
6/10-11 Gulf Breeze Gulf Breeze Sertoma 27th Family Fishing Rodeo Andy McKeown andymc@techwire.us
6/24 Miami 7th Annual Lionfish Bash

Lucy Foerster lucy@woodyfoundation.org

7/7-9 Sarasota REEF Sarasota Lionfish Derby

Emily Stokes Emily@REEF.org

7/14-15 Fort Lauderdale REEF Fort Lauderdale Lionfish Derby

Emily Stokes Emily@REEF.org

7/28-29 Upper Keys REEF Upper Keys Lionfish Derby

Emily Stokes Emily@REEF.org

8/11-13 Palm Beach REEF Palm Beach County Lionfish Derby

Emily Stokes Emily@REEF.org

9/7-10 St. Petersburg Guy Harvey Lionfish Safari

Reef Monitoring sponsorship@reefmonitoring.org

 

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.

Other 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.


Lionfish Tournament Results

Historical Tournament Results

2016

NameLocationDate#HarvestedLargestSmallest
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 2,289 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 26    
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

Spines and Spinys Tournament

Marathon  7/28-29      

REEF Palm Beach County Lionfish Derby

Juno Beach 8/13 337 424 mm  24 mm

St. Pete Open

St. Pete 8/19-21 343    

Guy Harvey Lionfish Safari

St. Pete Beach 9/10 1,554     

REEF Upper Keys Lionfish Derby

Key Largo 9/10 323 414 mm 48 mm

Divers Supply Jacksonville Spearfishing Tournament 

Jacksonville 9/10 216    

Suncoast Spearfishing Tournament External Website

Sarasota

9/23-24

536    

Lionfish Safari External Website

Key Largo

10/15-16

31    

Florida Spearfishing Tournament

 

 

2,751    


More information:

Lionfish Recreational Regulations

Lionfish Species

Lionfish FAQs

2013 Lionfish Summit

Lionfish Brochure Adobe PDF



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