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

Lionfish Harvest Program: 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. Apply for the harvest reimbursement program Adobe PDF. Contact to find a dive charter near you.

To feature lionfish brochures Adobe PDF  in your shop, send your mailing address and number of brochures to

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. Contact to host your own!

2018 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.

DateLocationName External WebsiteContact
2/1-11/30 Florida Florida Spearfishing Tournament  
3/31 Key Largo REEF Winter Lionfish Derby Ashley Yarbrough
3/1-5/17 Pensacola Lionfish World Championship (pre-tournament) Captain Andy Ross
4/21 Miami 4Earth Lionfish Derby
5/18-20 Pensacola Lionfish World Championship Captain Andy Ross
5/19-20 Sebastian Sebastian Lionfish Fest Kendra Cope
6/1-2 Jupiter Martin County Lionfish Round-Up April Price and Jessica Garland
6/8-10 Miami REEF Miami Lionfish Derby at Phillip & Patricia Frost Museum of Science Ashley Yarbrough
6/16 Miami 8th Annual Lionfish Bash Lucy Foerster
6/22-24 Key West 7th Annual That's What She Shot Spearfishing Tournament Lea Moeller
7/6-8 Sarasota REEF Saraosta Lionfish Derby at Mote Marine Laboratory Ashley Yarbrough
7/13-14 Fort Lauderdale REEF Fort Lauderdale Lionfish Derby at 15th Street Fisheries Ashley Yarbrough
8/3-5 Palm Beach County REEF Palm Beach County Lionfish Derby at Loggerhead Marinelife Center Ashley Yarbrough
8/10-12 Jacksonville REEF Jacksonville Lionfish Derby at Beach Marine Ashley Yarbrough
9/14-16 Key Largo REEF Key Largo Lionfish Derby at John Pennekamp State Park Ashley Yarbrough
10/6-7 Navarre Navarre Fishing Rodeo


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

For historical tournament results, email

2017 (size is in mm unless otherwise noted)

Name External WebsiteLocationDate#HarvestedLargestSmallest
Florida Spearfishing Tournament Florida 2/1-11/30 4,451 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 63 116 392
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
CCA Florida STAR Tournament Statewide 5/27-9/4 1,484    
Sebastian Lionfish Fest (LRAD) Sebastian 5/27-28 278 394 111
Southern Open St. Petersburg 6/2-4 304 140 422
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
St. Pete Open St. Petersburg 8/18-20 320 440 170

Total: 23 derbies


Total: 24,029 lionfish


More information:

Lionfish Recreational Regulations

Lionfish Species

Lionfish FAQs

Lionfish Brochure Adobe PDF

Donate to the Lionfish Outreach Program

FWC Facts:
Numerous marine species, like blue crabs, redfish, white shrimp, stingrays, tarpon, are found more than 100 miles upstream in the freshwater portions of the St. Johns River.

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