Lionfish Derby and Event Calendar

FWC Lionfish Control Team logoGet in involved with lionfish removal by attending one of the following derbies or events.
Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day: First Saturday after Mother's Day each year.
Become a Reef Ranger: Adopt a Reef and pledge to remove lionfish from it.
Host a workshop: FWC led lionfish handling and filleting demos. Email name, organization/business name, location and an estimated number of attendees to
Attention Dive Shop Owners:
Host a "Become the Predator" workshop and excursion. These FWC led workshops, in partnership with dive shops, teach divers to spear and remove lionfish. Interested in hosting a Become the Predator workshop and lionfish excursion? Contact
To feature lionfish brochureAdobe PDF  in your shop, send your mailing address and how many brochures you want to

2017 Derby Calendar

Apply for FWC lionfish derby financial sponsorship.Adobe PDF

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

Date Location Name Contact
5/20-21 Pensacola Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day Tournament

Andy Ross

6/2-3 Jupiter 7th Annual Lionfish Round-Up
6/24 Miami 7th Annual Lionfish Bash

Lucy Foerster


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.

Other events where you can learn about lionfish: 

Upcoming "Become the Predator" workshops: 

Learn about the lionfish invasion, their biology, and how to safely target and remove them from Florida waters. 

  • No current workshops planned. Check back soon for updates. 

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 2,289 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 26    
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 9/10 323 414 mm 48 mm

Divers Supply Jacksonville Spearfishing Tournament 

Jacksonville 9/10 216    

Suncoast Spearfishing Tournament External Website




Lionfish Safari External Website

Key Largo



Florida Spearfishing Tournament




More information:

Lionfish Recreational Regulations

Report Lionfish

Lionfish Species

Lionfish FAQs

2013 Lionfish Summit

Lionfish Brochure Adobe PDF

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

Learn More at AskFWC