2017 Lionfish Challenge

      Current Standings & Hall of Fame    

The 2017 Lionfish Challenge was from May 20, 2017, through Sept. 4, 2017. The 2017 recreational Lionfish King was Ken Ayers and the Commercial Champion was Joshua Livingston. Learn more about the winners of the 2017 Lionfish Challenge on the Hall of Fame page. 

Lionfish Challenge 2018

Timeline 

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

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.
  • Harvest and submit lionfish via photo to Lionfish@MyFWC.com or at checkpoints located statewide.
  • Prizes awarded for lionfish submissions.

Tagged-Lionfish Removal Incentive Program 2018

Timeline 

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

Location

  • Statewide

How to Participate

  • Lionfish will be tagged with an external dart tag at 50 randomly-selected public artificial reef sites between the depths of 80' - 120'. Participants will have access to the reef locations at ReefRangers.com.
  • Participants that harvest a tagged fish will be eligible for a monetary or product-based award.


FWC Facts:
The FWC protects and manages more than 200 native species of freshwater fish and more than 500 native species of saltwater fish.

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