2017 Lionfish Challenge

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Lionfish Challenge 2017

Timeline 

  • Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day 2017 (May 20, 2017) through Labor Day (Sept. 4, 2017)

Location

  • Statewide

How to Participate

  • Participants may only qualify for one category (recreational or commercial). All participants who have an active Saltwater Products License and who have commercial lionfish sales within the past year will automatically be included in the commercial category.

Recreational Category

Qualify

  • Register for the Lionfish Challenge.
  • Harvest 25 or more lionfish.
    • Send photo of harvest to Lionfish@MyFWC.com (first 25 ONLY). Lionfish must be displayed clearly for staff to obtain an accurate count.
      • Include harvester name, date the lionfish were harvested, and signature in the photograph.
      • First 25 may also be submitted at an FWC approved checkpoint (list below).

Submitting more than 25 lionfish

Commercial Category

Qualify

  • Register for the Lionfish Challenge.
    • All participants who have an active Saltwater Products License and who have commercial lionfish sales within the past year will automatically be included in the commercial category.
  • Harvest and sell at least 25 pounds (or 25 fish if a Marine Life Endorsement harvester).
  • Submit a photo or copy of your commercial trip tickets dated May 20-Sept. 4, 2017, to Lionfish@MyFWC.com.
    • Photo must include harvester name and signature, date harvested and amount sold.
  • Last day to submit is Sept. 4, 2017.

 

Rewards

All qualified recreational and commercial participants 

  • Commemorative coin
  • T-shirt
  • Featured in the FWC Lionfish Hall of Fame on the MyFWC.com website
  • Spiny lobster resource-based incentive – one per person, per day in addition to daily bag limit during 2017 sport season only (July 26-27, 2017). Only if qualified before relevant harvest opportunity starts.

Tiered prizes will be awarded as participants submit additional lionfish.

Recreational

  • 75 lionfish: Re-usable heat pack for stings and FWC Lionfish Control Team neck gaiter
  • 150 lionfish: FWC Lionfish Control Team tumbler
  • 300 lionfish: Polespear and grip kit
  • 600 lionfish: ZooKeeper Lionfish Containment Unit

Commercial

  • 150 pounds of lionfish: Re-usable heat pack for stings and FWC Lionfish Control Team neck gaiter
  • 300 pounds of lionfish: FWC Lionfish Control Team tumbler
  • 600 pounds of lionfish: Polespear and grip kit
  • 1,200 pounds of lionfish: ZooKeeper Lionfish Containment Unit

Raffle Prizes

  • Harvesters in the Recreational and Commercial category are eligible to win.
    • Recreational harvesters that submit 25 lionfish and commercial harvesters that submit 25 lbs. of lionfish will receive one entry into the raffle. There will be no additional entries for additional lionfish submissions.
  • Raffle prizes are donated by sponsors. Additional raffle prizes will be announced as items are donated.
    • ZombieStickz Lionfish Eliminator polespear with 3-prong tip (4 available)
    • Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium gift bags (3 available)
    • ZooKeeper Lionfish Containment Unit (6 available)
  • Raffle drawings will be at 10am ET on the following dates:
    • June 21 - 2 winners: 1 polespear, 1 gift bag
    • July 12 - 4 winners: 1 polespear, 1 gift bag, 2 ZooKeepers
    • August 2 - 4 winners: 1 polespear, 1 gift bag, 2 ZooKeepers
    • August 23 - 3 winners: 1 polespear, 2 ZooKeepers
  • Harvesters can only win one raffle prize during the 2017 Lionfish Challenge.
  • View the official 2017 Lionfish Challenge Raffle Rules Adobe PDF.

Lionfish King or Queen - Recreational

  • Most number of lionfish submitted
  • Lionfish King/Queen trophy awarded Sept. 9 at the Lionfish Safari in St. Petersburg
  • $500 gift card for dive tank refills
  • Feature article in FWC’s January 2018 Saltwater Regulations publication
  • Featured prominently in the FWC Lionfish Hall of Fame on the MyFWC.com website

Commercial Champion

  • Most pounds of lionfish submitted
  • Commercial Champion trophy awarded Sept. 9 at the Lionfish Safari in St. Petersburg
  • Featured in FWC’s Commercial Saltwater Regulations publication
  • Featured prominently in the FWC Lionfish Hall of Fame on the MyFWC.com website

 

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Lionfish Challenge Checkpoints

Please check businesses for hours of operation.

If you are a dive shop and would like to be a checkpoint or if you are a diver in need of additional assistance in locating a checkpoint, please email Lionfish@MyFWC.com or call 850-487-0554.

(Watch a video on how to submit lionfish tails External Website)

CountyCheckpoint name Address
Bay Diver's Den 3120 Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach
Bay Dive Locker 106 Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach
Bay Panama City Dive Center 4823 Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach
Bay Panama City Diving 5512 Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach
Brevard American Divers International 691 N Courtenay Parkway, Merritt Island
Brevard Hatts Diving Headquarters 2996 Front Street, Melbourne
Broward Divers Direct Fort Lauderdale 180 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach
Citrus Bird's Underwater 320 NW US Highway 19, Crystal River
Duval Atlantic Pro Divers 314 14th Avenue N, Jacksonville Beach
Duval Divers Supply 2225 St. Johns Bluff Road, Jacksonville
Escambia Dive Pros 7203 W. Highway 98, Pensacola
Escambia Escambia County Division Marine Resources 3363 W. Park Place, Pensacola    
Escambia MBT Divers 3920 Barrancas Avenue, Pensacola
Gulf Daly's Watersports 317 Monument Avenue, Port St. Joe   
Hillsborough Woods and Water Scuba 124 Edwards Avenue, Brandon
Lee Captain Pete's Diving Outfitters 1413 Colonial Boulevard, Ft. Myers
Manatee Scuba Quest 3318 Manatee Avenue W, Bradenton
Martin Deep Six Dive & Watersports - Stuart 525 NW Federal Highway, Stuart
Miami-Dade Austin's Diving Center 10525 S Dixie Highway, Miami
Monroe Abyss Dive Center 12565 Overseas Highway, Marathon
Monroe Finz Dive Center 5130 Overseas Highway, Key West
Monroe Tildens Scuba Center 4650 Overseas Highway, Marathon
Okaloosa Discovery Dive World 92 S. John Sims Parkway, Valparaiso
Pasco Super Sports and Scuba 7129 US-19, New Port Richey
Pinellas Aquatic Obsessions Scuba 6193 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg
Pinellas Jim's Dive Shop 9385  Bay Pines Boulevard, St. Petersburg
Pinellas Narcosis Scuba Center 528 E Tarpon Avenue, Tarpon Springs
Santa Rosa Bay Breeze Dive Center 49 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze
Sarasota Ocean Pro Dive Shop 2259 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota
Sarasota Scuba Quest 1129 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
Volusia Atlantic Scuba 724 Ridgewood Avenue, Holly Hill
Volusia Discover Diving Dive Center LLC 92 Dunlawton Avenue, Port Orange
Wakulla Wakulla Diving Center 2784 Coastal Highway, Crawfordville

Map of Checkpoint Locations

Lionfish Challenge 2017 Checkpoint Map


Panhandle Pilot Program

This yearlong program for Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Gulf and Franklin counties ended May 19, 2017.


 



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