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 Saltwater@MyFWC.com.
Dive Shop Owners: Feature our lionfish brochure in your shop. Send your mailing address and how many brochures you want to Saltwater@MyFWC.com. Get a peek at what the Lionfish Brochure Adobe PDF looks like.

Derby Calendar

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

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

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DateLocationNameContact
7/10-11

Jupiter

Andrew “Red” Harris Foundation Lionfish Tournament

Dan Goebel

dan@islandia.biz

561-441-4141

7/10-12

Sarasota

2nd Annual Sarasota Lionfish Derby

Allie ElHage

zookeeperlcu@gmail.com

941-587-7206

7/17-18

Ft. Lauderdale

Teeples Memorial REEF Lionfish Derby

Lad Akins

Lad@reef.org

305-852-0030

7/24-25 Boca Raton

Gold Coast Lionfish Derby

Sean Meadows

worldofscubafl@gmail.com

8/17-15

Palm Beach

Palm Beach County REEF Lionfish Derby

Lad Akins

Lad@reef.org

305-852-0030

8/8

Naples

Naples Spearfishing League Lionfish Tournament

naplesspearfishingleague@gmail.com

9/11-12

Key Largo

Key Largo REEF Lionfish Derby

Lad Akins

Lad@reef.org

305-852-0030

9/12-13

St. Pete Beach

Lionfish Safari

Cory Trier

trier120977@gmail.com

(260) 610-1028

9/18-19

Jupiter

American Family Life Lionfish Tournament and Triathlon

 
9/26

Dania Beach

REEF Sanctioned Lionfish Derby

Erik Neugaard

erik.neugaard@rsandh.com

 

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More events coming soon.


Data from previous events

2015

Name Location Date #Harvested Largest Smallest
FGCU Southwest Florida Lionfish Derby Fort Myers 6/26-28 462  400mm  68mm
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



FWC Facts:
The FWC operates two freshwater fish hatcheries: the Florida Bass Conservation Center in Sumter County, and the Blackwater Hatchery in Santa Rosa County.

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