Lionfish Derby and Event Calendar

lionfish decalBe the Predator! Get in involved with lionfish removal by attending one of the following derbies or events.
Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day is the first Saturday after Mother's Day each year. Celebrate by removing lionfish.
Become a Reef Ranger: Adopt a Reef and pledge to remove lionfish from it. Localized lionfish removal efforts have shown to have a positive impact on native reefs. Learn more.
Host a workshop: The FWC Lionfish Team conducts demonstrations on lionfish handling and filleting at events around the state. Request an FWC Lionfish Workshop in your area by emailing your name, organization or business name, location and an estimated number of attendees to Lionfish@MyFWC.com.
Dive Shop Owners: Feature our lionfish brochure in your shop. Send your mailing address and how many brochures you want to Lionfish@MyFWC.com. Get a peek at what the Lionfish Brochure Adobe PDF looks like.

Apply for FWC financial sponsorship of your lionfish derby.Adobe PDF

 

2016 Derby Calendar

Email the event date, location and address, event name, event website, event contact information to Lionfish@MyFWC.com to get it featured on the calendar.

 

DateLocationNameContact
2/20 Port Canaveral

See 'Em, Spear 'Em, Eat 'Em

lionfishderbycanaveralfl@gmail.com
3/12 Key Largo

REEF Locals' Winter Lionfish Derby

REEFHQ@REEF.org

(305) 852-0030

5/13-15 Pensacola

Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day Tournament

Andy Ross

sharkman58@gmail.com

5/14-15 Panama City Beach Lion Tamer Tournament

Stacie Galbreath

stacie@diversdenpcb.com

7/9-10 Sarasota Sarasota Lionfish Derby

Allie ElHage

zookeeperlcu@gmail.com

7/16 Fort Lauderdale

REEF Teeples Memorial Lionfish Derby

REEFHQ@REEF.org

(305) 852-0030

8/13 Juno Beach REEF Palm Beach County Lionfish Derby

REEFHQ@REEF.org

(305) 852-0030

9/10 Key Largo REEF Upper Keys Lionfish Derby

REEFHQ@REEF.org

(305) 852-0030

 

Other events where you can learn about lionfish:

Florida State Fair - February 4-15, 2016 - Tampa

FSU MagLab Open House - February 27, 2016, Tallahassee

Tortuga Music Festival - April 15-17, 2016 - Ft. Lauderdale

The Blue Wild - April 23-24, 2016 - Ft. Lauderdale

Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day Festival - May 14-15, 2016 - Pensacola

 

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.

 


Lionfish Tournament Results

2015

Name Location Date #Harvested Largest Smallest
Suncoast Spearfishing Challenge Sarasota 9/26-27 173 15.98 in 3.98 in
SFAEP Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center Lionfish Tournament Dania Beach 9/26 166    
Treasure Coast Lionfish Safari Fort Pierce 9/12 198 16.5 in  
Reef Monitoring Lionfish Safari St. Pete Beach 9/11-13 884 420 mm 60 mm
Treasure Coast Lionfish Safari Ft. Pierce 9/11-12   16.5 in 4 in
Key Largo REEF Lionfish Derby Key Largo 9/11-12 488 433 mm 24 mm
Palm Beach County REEF Lionfish Derby Palm Beach 8/14-15 236 411 mm 101 mm
Northeast Florida Lionfish Rodeo Jacksonville 8/9 2584 446 mm 43 mm
2015 Naples Lionfish Derby Naples 8/7-8/8      
Spines and Spinys Marathon 7/29-30 342 2 lb 8 oz 0.03 oz
Gold Coast Lionfish Derby Boca Raton 7/24-25 379    
Lionfish Bash Miami 7/24-25 19 15.89 oz 0.19 oz
Teeples Memorial REEF Lionfish Derby Ft. Lauderdale 7/17-18 318 435 mm 105 mm
2nd Annual Sarasota Lionfish Derby Sarasota 7/10-12 456 418 mm 122mm
Andrew “Red” Harris Foundation Lionfish Tournament Jupiter 7/10-11 119 409 mm 140mm
FGCU Southwest Florida Lionfish Derby Fort Myers 6/26-28 462 400 mm 68 mm
Gulf Breeze Sertoma Family Fishing Rodeo Gulf Breeze 6/6-7 260    
MCAC Lionfish Round-up Jupiter 5/29-30 579 17.5 in 4.25 in
Northeast Florida Lionfish Blast Jacksonville 5/1-5/31 951    
REEF Winter Lionfish Derby Islamorada 2/7 99 407 mm 98 mm
Tampa Bay Spearfishing Challenge Tampa 4/10-12 49 412 mm 217 mm

MCAC Lionfish Clinic & Hunt

Jupiter 4/24-25      

Naples Spearfishing League 3rd Annual Shootout

Naples 4/24-25 42    

Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day Tournament

Pensacola 5/15-17 877 395 mm 89 mm
Treasure Coast Lionfish Safari Ft. Pierce 5/16-17 224 393 mm 117 mm

Richard Warren Rydell Memorial Lionfish Derby

Key Biscayne 5/16 4 282 mm 192 mm

Lion Tamer Dive Tournament

Panama City 5/16 195    

Lionfish Removal Day with Force-E

Pompano 5/16 75 16 in 3.87 in
Mexico Beach Lionfish Cleanup Mexico Beach 5/16-17 23    

Wakulla Diving Center Spearfishing Tournament

Crawfordville 5/16 51    
Discovery Dive World Gulf Coast Reef Hunters Lionfish Derby Destin 5/23 700 305 mm 75 mm

2014 (size is in mm unless otherwise noted)

Name Location Date #Harvested Largest Smallest
Second Annual Key Largo Winter Lionfish Derby Key Largo 2/13 143 445 118
Northeast Florida Lionfish Blast Jacksonville 3/28-4/28 2068    

Florida Gulf Coast University Lionfish Derby

Fort Myers 4/12 296 388 123

Gulf Coast Lionfish Roundup Series

Pensacola 5/1-5/4 1914 392 66

Reef Monitoring Lionfish RoundUp

Clearwater

5/10

64 343 97

Tampa Bay Spearfishing Challenge 2014

St. Pete

5/31

48 436 155

Gulf Coast Lionfish Coalition June

Pensacola

6/1

700 391 88

Guns and Hoses Spearfishing Tournament

Pensacola

6/6

310 379 112

Treasure Coast Lionfish Safari

Fort Pierce

6/7

581 399 97

Florabama Fishing Rodeo

Perdido Key

6/14

99 422 155

Gulf Breeze Sertoma Club Rodeo

Gulf Breeze

6/28

101    

Gulf Coast Lionfish Coalition July

Pensacola

7/1

781 382 99

MCAC Artificial Reef Builders Lionfish Round-Up

Port Salerno

7/11-7/12

512 425 139

REEF - Teeples Memorial

Fort Lauderdale

7/19

557 430 135

Lion Tamer Dive Tournament

Panama City Beach

7/26

452 .01 oz 2.31 lbs

Gulf Coast Lionfish Coalition August

Pensacola

8/1

1022 380 41

2nd Annual Northeast Florida Lionfish Rodeo

Jacksonville

8/9

1092 448 87

Fourth Annual Palm Beach County Lionfish Derby

Palm Beach

8/16

639

420 70

St. Pete Open

St. Pete

8/16

301

426 175

Gulf Coast Lionfish Coalition September

Pensacola

9/1

870

395 60

Lionfish Safari Guy Harvey Outpost

St. Petersburg

9/6-7

473

398 151

REEF - Summer Derby Series

Key Largo

9/13

573

453 51

Englewood Open

Englewood

9/19

25

   

Suncoast Spearfishing Tournament

St. Petersburg

9/26-28

205

434 101

Gulf Coast Lionfish Roundup Series

Pensacola

10/10-11

2394

419 47

Sanctuary Friends Foundation Third Annual Lionfish Tournament

Marathon

10/10-12

369

470 89

Sarasota Lionfish Derby

Sarasota

10/15

251

374 146

eBoat Listings Annual REEF-Sanctioned Lionfish Tournament

Boynton Beach

10/18

406

389 90

More information:

Lionfish Recreational Regulations

Report Lionfish

Lionfish Species

Lionfish FAQs

2013 Lionfish Summit

Lionfish BrochureAdobe PDF



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