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

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

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

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.

2/11 Key Largo REEF Winter Lionfish Derby Emily Stokes
4/20-5/20 Jacksonville Northeast Florida Lionfish Blast (LRAD)

Donny Trauthwein

4/22 Miami 4earth Lionfish Derby

Analisa Duran

5/20-21 Pensacola Lionfish World Championship (Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day)

Andy Ross

5/20-21 Sebastian Sebastian Lionfish Fest (LRAD) Kendra Cope
5/20-21 Destin Destin Lionfish Tournament (LRAD) Robert Provost
5/20-21 Panama City Beach Lion Tamer Tournament (LRAD) Stacie Galbreath
5/20 St. Petersburg Florida Skin Divers Association Lionfish Calcutta (LRAD) Teresa Hattaway
5/20 Pompano Beach Force-E Scuba Centers Lionfish Removal Day
6/2-3 Jupiter Martin County's 7th Annual Lionfish Round-Up April Price
6/3 Mexico Beach Mexico Beach Gollywhopper Zach Childs
6/9-10 Fort Pierce Treasure Coast Lionfish Safari Don Voss
6/9-11 Key West That's What She Shot Lea Moeller
6/10-11 Gulf Breeze Gulf Breeze Sertoma 27th Family Fishing Rodeo Andy McKeown
6/17 Jacksonville Divers Supply Jacksonville Spearfishing Tournament

Christian Roberts

6/24 Miami 7th Annual Lionfish Bash

Lucy Foerster

7/7-9 Sarasota REEF Sarasota Lionfish Derby

Emily Stokes

7/14-15 Fort Lauderdale REEF Fort Lauderdale Lionfish Derby

Emily Stokes

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

Emily Stokes

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

Emily Stokes

9/7-10 St. Petersburg Lionfish Safari

Reef Monitoring


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: 

Check back soon for upcoming events!

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!

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 

Key Largo



Florida Spearfishing Tournament




More information:

Lionfish Recreational Regulations

Lionfish Species

Lionfish FAQs

2013 Lionfish Summit

Lionfish Brochure Adobe PDF

FWC Facts:
In one spawning season a female tarpon may produce from 4.5 million to more than 20 million eggs.

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