2017 Lionfish Challenge and Panhandle Pilot Program

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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

  • 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 (Registration opens May 8, 2017)
  • Harvest 25 or more lionfish
    • Send photo of harvest to Lionfish@MyFWC.com (first 25 ONLY)
      • Include harvester name, date the lionfish were harvested, and signature in the photograph
      • First 25 may also be submitted at an FWC approved checkpoint

Submitting more than 25 lionfish

  • Watch a video on how to submit lionfish tails External Website
  • Bring tails and FWC Lionfish Challenge Submission Form Adobe PDF to approved checkpoints (select dive shops, tournaments, and regional offices statewide)   
  • Tails must be in a dry plastic sandwich bag
  • Label bag with diver name, date, phone number and number of tails included
  • Last day to submit is Sept. 4, 2017
    • Checkpoints will retain bags for verification by FWC staff

Commercial Category

  • Register for the Lionfish Challenge
  • 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, date harvested, amount sold and your signature in photo)
  • Last day to submit is Sept. 4, 2017
  • All participants who have an active Saltwater Products License and who have commercial lionfish sales will automatically be included in the commercial category.

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 – one per person, per day in addition to daily bag limit during 2017 sport season only (July 26-27, 2017) - if qualified before relevant harvest opportunity starts

Tiered prizes will be awarded as participants submit additional lionfish.

Lionfish King or Queen - Recreational

  • Most number of lionfish submitted
  • Lionfish King/Queen trophy awarded Sept. 10 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. 10 at the Lionfish Safari in St. Petersburg
  • Featured in FWC’s commercial saltwater regulations publication

 

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Lionfish Challenge Checkpoints

Please check businesses for hours of operation. Additional checkpoint locations will be added as they are confirmed.

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 - Panama City Beach 3120 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
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

Escambia Dive Pros

7203 W. Highway 98, Pensacola

Escambia Escambia County Division Marine Resources 3363 W. Park Place, 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
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
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
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


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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