Lionfish Challenge Hall of Fame    


Lionfish Challenge 2018


  • Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day (May 19, 2018) through Labor Day (Sept. 3, 2018)


  • Statewide

How to Participate

  • Participants compete in either the recreational or commercial category, but may only qualify for one category. 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.
  • Complete the Registration Form.

Recreational Category

  • Harvest and submit first 25 lionfish via photo to
    • Photo requirement: Lionfish must be easy to count and include name, date of harvest and signature.
  • Submit tails (after first 25) to checkpoints located statewide (select dive shops and regional offices). Interested in participating as a checkpoint location? Contact for details.
    • Tail submission requirements: Remove tails and place in plastic bag(s). Label bag(s) with harvester name, phone number, date of harvest and number of tails.
    • Complete the 2018 FWC Lionfish Challenge Submission Form Adobe PDF and bring tails and form to checkpoint for verification of harvest.
    • Send a copy of submission form to

Commercial Category

  • Send photo/copy of electronic trip tickets to
    • Trip ticket requirement: Amount of lionfish harvested (lbs.), harvester name, date of harvest and signature.

Additional Rules and Harvester Instructions Adobe PDF.


  • All qualified participants that submit 25 lionfish (recreational) or 25 lbs. (commercial) will receive a 2018 Lionfish Challenge t-shirt, commemorative coin and entry into the FWC Lionfish Hall of Fame.
    • Resource based incentive: The 2018 commemorative coin is valid for 1 spiny lobster per person, per day in addition to the daily bag limit during the 2018 sport season (July 25-26) only.
  • Tiered prizes for additional lionfish submitted:
    • 75 lionfish (150 lbs. commercial): customized neck gaiter and reusable heat pack for stings
    • 150 lionfish (300 lbs. commercial): customized beach towel and Engel External Website tumbler
    • 250 lionfish (600 lbs. commercial): Neritic External Website or ZombieStickz External Website polespear, grip kit and TurtleSkin External Website puncture-resistant gloves
    • 400 lionfish (1,200 lbs. commercial): customized ZooKeeper External Website Lionfish Containment Unit
  • Raffle drawings every 2 weeks for all qualified participants. Prizes donated by sponsors:

Lionfish King/Queen: Most lionfish by number submitted by recreational harvester

  • Lionfish King/Queen trophy
  • Feature article in recreational Saltwater Regulations External Website publication
  • $500 gift card for scuba tank air fills
  • Customized Engel External Website 65-quart Cooler

2nd place Lionfish King/Queen

3rd place Lionfish King/Queen

  • Customized Engel External Website 65-quart Cooler

Commercial Champion: Most lionfish by weight submitted by commercial harvester

  • Commercial Champion trophy
  • Feature article in recreational Saltwater Regulations External Website publication
  • $500 gift card for scuba tank air fills
  • Customized Engel External Website 65-quart Cooler

2nd place Commercial Champion

3rd place Commercial Champion

  • Customized Engel External Website 65-quart Cooler

Additional 2018 Lionfish Challenge Rules and Harvester Instructions Adobe PDF.

Tagged-Lionfish Category


  • Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day (May 19, 2018) through Labor Day (Sept. 3, 2018)


  • Statewide

How to Participate

  • Lionfish will be tagged with an external dart tag at 50 public artificial reef sites between the depths of 80' - 120'. The reefs were randomly-selected and will not be disclosed to the public. Participants will have access to the reef locations at External Website and the FWC Artificial Reefs website.
  • Complete the Registration Form.
  • Harvest lionfish in hopes of removing an FWC-tagged lionfish!

Submission Requirements

  • Participants that harvest an FWC-tagged lionfish must submit a clear photo of the lionfish and tag and include documentation of the harvester name, tag identification number, GPS coordinates of harvest location and date harvested to


Read more about the tagging program in the summary document Adobe PDF.


  • Purpose: Recreational harvesters must remove lionfish tails, place in plastic bag(s), complete the FWC Lionfish Challenge Submission Form Adobe PDF and bring to local checkpoint for verification of harvest. Checkpoints will retain tails and send a copy of the form to for harvest submission.
  • Interested in participating as a 2018 Lionfish Challenge checkpoint? Contact



Checkpoint Name


Bay Panama City Diving 5512 Thomas Drive, Panama City
Bay Diver's Den 3120 Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach
Bay Dive Locker 106 Thomas Drive, Panama City
Bay Panama City Dive Center 4823 Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach
Brevard Hatts Diving Headquarters 2006 Front Street, Melbourne
Broward Gold Coast Scuba  259 Commercial Boulevard Suite 2, Fort Lauderdale
Charlotte Gaspar's Dive N Board  2961 Placida Road #3, Englewood
Charlotte Fantasea Scuba  3781 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte
Citrus Bird's Underwater 320 NW US Highway 19, Crystal River
Dixie Above SeaHorse Reef 16812 SE Highway 19, Cross City
Escambia Escambia County DMR 3363 W. Park Place, Pensacola    
Escambia MBT Divers 3920 Barrancas Avenue, Pensacola
Hernando Diver City Aqua Vertical  9268 Cortez Blvd, Weeki Wachee
Hillsborough Woods and Water Scuba 124 Edwards Avenue, Brandon
Hillsborough Adventure Outfitters 4316 S. Manhattan Avenue, Tampa
Indian River Treasure Coast Dive Center 8466 US-1, Vero Beach
Lee Captain Pete's Diving Outfitters 1413 Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers
Lee  Dean's Dive Center, Inc.  16964 Alico Mission Way, Fort Myers
Manatee Scuba Quest 3318 Manatee Avenue W, Bradenton
Manatee  Sea Kat Divers 105 Seventh Street N., Bradenton Beach 
Martin Deep Six Dive & Watersports - Stuart 2525 NW Federal Highway, Stuart
Martin  Stuart Dive Shop  3317 SE Federal Highway, Stuart
Miami-Dade Austin's Diving Center 10525 S Dixie Highway, Miami
Monroe Tildens Scuba Center 4650 Overseas Highway, Marathon
Monroe Florida Keys Diving Center  90451 Old Highway, Tavernier
Monroe Islamorada Dive Center  84001 Overseas Highway, Islamorada
Monroe  Captain's Corner Dive Center  125 Ann Street, Key West
Okaloosa Discovery Dive World - Valparaiso 92 S John Sims Parkway, Valparaiso
Okaloosa ScubaTech of NW Florida 301 Harbor Boulevard, Destin
Palm Beach  Pura Vida Divers  2513 Beach Court, Riviera Beach
Palm Beach Force-E Scuba Center - Boca Raton 2621 North Federal Highway, Boca Raton
Palm Beach Boynton Beach Dive Center  4928, 212 S Federal Highway, Boynton Beach
Palm Beach  Narcosis Dive Company  200 E 13th Street, West Palm Beach
Pasco Super Sports And Scuba 7129 US-19, New Port Richey
Pasco  Scuba West  6815 Tower Drive, Hudson
Pinellas Aquatic Obsessions Scuba 6193 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg
Pinellas Jim's Dive Shop 9385 Bay Pines Boulevard, St. Petersburg
Pinellas Mac's Sports Inc. Clearwater 2126 Drew Street, Clearwater
Pinellas Heroes Dive Center  2109 Main Street A, Dunedin
Pinellas  Sunshine Scuba School - Largo 1901 West Bay Drive Suite 10, Largo
Putnam Force-E Scuba Center - Pompano Beach 1312 North Federal Highway, Pompano Beach
Sarasota Ocean Pro Dive Shop 2259 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota
Sarasota Venice Dive Center 902 S Tamiami Trail, Nokomis
Sarasota Florida Underwater Sports 6345 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
St. Johns UF Whitney Marine Lab 9505 Ocean Shore Boulevard, St. Augustine
St. Johns  iDive Florida  854 Anastasia Boulevard, St. Augustine
St. Lucie Dive Odyssea 621 N 2nd Street, Fort Pierce
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



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