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 and report lionfish.

Host a workshop: FWC led lionfish handling and filleting demos. Email name, organization/business name, location and an estimated number of attendees to Lionfish@MyFWC.com.

Attention Dive Shop Owners:

Host a "Become the Predator" workshop and lionfish excursion. In partnership with dive shops, FWC educates and trains divers to confidently and safely harvest lionfish. Interested in hosting a workshop and lionfish excursion? Contact Lionfish@MyFWC.com.

FWC encourages dive shops and charter captains to implement lionfish excursions into their regularly-scheduled charters to meet diver demand and contribute to statewide removal efforts.

To feature lionfish brochures Adobe PDF  in your shop, send your mailing address and number of brochures to Lionfish@MyFWC.com.

Events where you can learn about lionfish: 

Upcoming "Become the Predator" workshops: 

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

Check back soon for upcoming workshops!


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 Lionfish@MyFWC.com to get it featured on the calendar.

DateLocationNameContact
2/1-11/30 Florida Florida Spearfishing Tournament  
2/11 Key Largo REEF Winter Lionfish Derby Lad Akins Lad@REEF.org
4/20-5/20 Jacksonville Northeast Florida Lionfish Blast (LRAD)

Donny Trauthwein lionfishblaster@gmail.com

4/22 Miami 4earth Lionfish Derby

Analisa Duran education@msq.cc

4/28-30 Tampa Tampa Bay Spearfishing Challenge  Bill Hardman ihearyou@tampabay.rr.com
5/13-9/6 Statewide Lionfish Safari (Pre-Tournament)

Reef Monitoring lionfishsafari@reefmonitoring.org

5/19-21 Pensacola Lionfish World Championship (Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day)

Andy Ross sharkman58@gmail.com

5/20-21 Destin Destin Lionfish Tournament (LRAD) Robert Provost support@discoverydiveworld.com
5/20-21 Panama City Beach Lion Tamer Tournament (LRAD) Stacie Galbreath stacie@diversdenpcb.com
5/20 St. Petersburg Florida Skin Divers Association Lionfish Calcutta (LRAD) Teresa Hattaway jimsdiveshop@earthlink.net
5/20 Pompano Beach Force-E Scuba Centers Lionfish Removal Day info@force-e.com
5/27-28 Sebastian Sebastian Lionfish Fest (LRAD) Kendra Cope kcope@ircgov.com
6/3 Mexico Beach Mexico Beach Gollywhopper Zach Childs zachchilds@gmail.com
6/9-11 Key West That's What She Shot Lea Moeller leadm.07@gmail.com
6/10 Fort Pierce Treasure Coast Lionfish Safari Don Voss captain-don@comcast.net
6/10-11 Gulf Breeze Gulf Breeze Sertoma 27th Family Fishing Rodeo Andy McKeown andymc@techwire.us
6/17 Jacksonville Divers Supply Jacksonville Spearfishing Tournament

Christian Roberts chris@divers-supply.com

6/24 Jupiter Martin County's 7th Annual Lionfish Round-Up  April Price info@mclionfish.com
6/24 Miami 7th Annual Lionfish Bash

Lucy Foerster lucy@woodyfoundation.org

7/7-9 Sarasota REEF Sarasota Lionfish Derby

Lad Akins Lad@REEF.org

7/8 Sarasota Gene Cloud Memorial Spearfishing Tournament info@suncoastaquaventures.com
7/14-15 Fort Lauderdale REEF Fort Lauderdale Lionfish Derby

Lad Akins Lad@REEF.org

7/28-29 Upper Keys REEF Upper Keys Lionfish Derby

Lad Akins Lad@REEF.org

8/11-13 Palm Beach REEF Palm Beach County Lionfish Derby

Lad Akins Lad@REEF.org

8/18-20 St. Petersburg St. Pete Open Keith Ludwig kludwig@live.com
8/26 Naples Naples Spearfishing League Tournament Bill D'Antuono billdantuono@gmail.com
9/7-10 St. Petersburg Lionfish Safari

Reef Monitoring lionfishsafari@reefmonitoring.org

 

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

Historical Tournament Results

2017 (size is in mm unless otherwise noted)

NameLocationDate#HarvestedLargestSmallest
Florida Spearfishing Tournament Florida 2/1-11/30 3,217 N/A N/A
REEF Winter Lionfish Derby Key Largo 2/11 420 452 93
Northeast Florida Lionfish Blast (LRAD) Jacksonville 4/20-5/20 4618 N/A N/A
4earth Lionfish Derby Miami 4/22 15 10.3 in 5.5 in
Tampa Bay Spearfishing Challenge Tampa 4/28-30 63 N/A N/A
Lionfish World Championship (Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day) Pensacola 5/19-21 6043 17.09 in 2.91 in
Lion Tamer Tournament (LRAD) Panama City Beach 5/20-21 1283 N/A N/A
Force-E Scuba Centers Lionfish Removal Day Pompano Beach 5/20 72 410 79
Sebastian Lionfish Fest (LRAD) Sebastian 5/27-28 278 394 111
Mexico Beach Gollywhopper Mexico Beach 6/3 515.55 lbs N/A N/A
That's What She Shot Key West 6/9-11 146 N/A N/A
Treasure Coast Lionfish Safari Fort Pierce 6/10 227 425 125
Gulf Breeze Sertoma 27th Family Fishing Rodeo Gulf Breeze 6/10-11 357 N/A N/A
Divers Supply Jacksonville Spearfishing Tournament Jacksonville 6/17 37 N/A N/A
Martin County's 7th Annual Lionfish Round-Up Jupiter 6/24 941 16.94 in 4.75 in
REEF Sarasota Lionfish Derby Sarasota 7/7-9 1,079 411 144
Gene Cloud Memorial Spearfishing Tournament Sarasota 7/8 710 2 lbs. N/A
REEF Fort Lauderdale Lionfish Derby Fort Lauderdale 7/14-15 440 412 114
REEF Upper Keys Lionfish Derby Upper Keys 7/28-29 373 432 88
REEF Palm Beach County Lionfish Derby Palm Beach 8/11-13 220 376 119

Total: 20 derbies

   

Total: 21,107 lionfish

   


More information:

Lionfish Recreational Regulations

Lionfish Species

Lionfish FAQs

2013 Lionfish Summit

Lionfish Brochure Adobe PDF



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