Lionfish Derby and Event Calendar

FWC Lionfish Control Team logoBe 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 about Reef Rangers.
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
Dive Shop Owners: Feature our lionfish brochure in your shop. Send your mailing address and how many brochures you want to 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 to get it featured on the calendar.








Eagle Scout Lionfish Tournament External Website

Aidan Edgar



Suncoast Spearfishing Tournament External Website

Chris Barton


Key Largo

Lionfish Safari External Website



Other events where you can learn about lionfish:

9/23: Estuaries Day – Apalachicola 

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Lionfish Tournament Results

Historical Tournament Results








See 'Em, Spear 'Em, Eat 'Em Port Canaveral 2/20      
REEF Locals' Winter Lionfish Derby

Key Largo





Northeast Florida Lionfish Blast Jacksonville 4/15-5/15 3,478 n/a n/a
2nd Annual Lionfish Derby Destin 5/7 1,930    
Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day Tournament Pensacola 5/13-15 8,089 445 mm  
Sebastian Lionfish Fest Sebastian 5/17  31 384 mm 123 mm
41st Annual Fishing Rodeo Gulf Breeze 5/13-15   2.72 lbs .019 lbs
Lion Tamer Tournament Panama City Beach and Mexico Beach 5/14-15 728 2.8 lbs .25 oz
Florida Skin Divers Lionfish Calcutta Belleair Bluffs 5/14 655 415 mm 103 mm
2016 Lionfish Shootout Naples 5/27-29 71 410 mm 120 mm
6th Annual Lionfish Round-Up Jupiter 6/3-4 239 403 mm 127  mm
Florida Skin Divers Assoc. Southern Open Clearwater 6/3-5 211 394 mm 130 mm
Treasure Coast Lionfish Safari Fort Pierce 6/10 – 12 740 410 mm 70 mm
Lionfish Safari Key West 6/11 - 12      
Guns & Hoses 15thAnnual Spearfishing Tournament Pensacola 6/11 - 12 370  2.12 lbs 4.12 inches

Sarasota Lionfish Derby



429 385 mm 112 mm

REEF Teeples Memorial Lionfish Derby

Fort Lauderdale


1,250 427 mm 98 mm

Spines and Spinys Tournament

Marathon  7/28-29      

REEF Palm Beach County Lionfish Derby

Juno Beach 8/13 337 424 mm  24 mm

St. Pete Open

St. Pete 8/19-21 343    

Guy Harvey Lionfish Safari

St. Pete Beach 9/10 1,554     

REEF Upper Keys Lionfish Derby

Key Largo 9/10   414 mm 48 mm

Divers Supply Jacksonville Spearfishing Tournament 

Jacksonville 9/10      

More information:

Lionfish Recreational Regulations

Report Lionfish

Lionfish Species

Lionfish FAQs

2013 Lionfish Summit

Lionfish Brochure Adobe PDF

FWC Facts:
American eels are considered to be catadromous, which means they live in fresh water and go to the sea to spawn.

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