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 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 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.

 

Date

Location

Name

Contact

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

4/15-5/15

Jacksonville

Northeast Florida Lionfish Blast

Donny Trauthwein

lionfishblaster@gmail.com

5/7

Destin

2nd Annual Lionfish Derby

Sky Deboer

Skydeboer@msn.com

5/13-15

Pensacola

Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day Tournament

Andy Ross

sharkman58@gmail.com

5/14

Sebastian

Sebastian Lionfish Fest

Sebastianlionfishfest.com

5/13-15

Gulf Breeze

41st Annual Fishing Rodeo

Verne Rhodes

(850) 261-3731

5/14-15

Panama City Beach

Lion Tamer Tournament

Stacie Galbreath

stacie@diversdenpcb.com

5/14

Belleair Bluffs

Florida Skin Divers Lionfish Calcutta

jimsdiveshop@earthlink.net

5/27-29

Naples

2016 Lionfish Shootout

naplesspearfishingleague@gmail.com

6/3-4

Jupiter

6th Annual Lionfish Round-Up

info@mclionfish.com

6/10 – 12

Fort Pierce

Treasure Coast Lionfish Safari

Don Voss

captain-don@comcast.net

6/11-12

Pensacola

Guns & Hoses 15thAnnual Spearfishing Tournament

admin@mbtdivers.com

 

7/9-10

Sarasota

Sarasota Lionfish Derby

Allie ElHage

zookeeperlcu@gmail.com

7/15-17

Alabama

Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo

(251) 471-0025

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

9/10-11

St. Pete Beach

Guy Harvey Lionfish Safari

jimsdiveshop@earthlink.net

9/10

Key Largo

REEF Upper Keys Lionfish Derby

REEFHQ@REEF.org

(305) 852-0030

9/17

Jupiter

The American Family Life Lionfish Tournament

AmericanFamilyLife@comcast.net

 

Other events where you can learn about lionfish:

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

FSU MagLab Open House - February 27, 2016 - Tallahassee

Lionfish SciCafe - April 21, 2016 - Apalachicola

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

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

 

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Lionfish Tournament Results

Historical Tournament Results

2016

Name

Location

Date

#Harvested

Largest

Smallest

REEF Locals' Winter Lionfish Derby

 

Key Largo

3/12

132

 392mm

 116mm


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


More information:

Lionfish Recreational Regulations

Report Lionfish

Lionfish Species

Lionfish FAQs

2013 Lionfish Summit

Lionfish BrochureAdobe PDF



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