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Lionfish Challenge 2018 update

News Release

Monday, June 11, 2018

Media contact: Amanda Nalley, 850-410-4943 or Amanda.Nalley@MyFWC.com

Lionfish Challenge Promotional Video (YouTube):https://youtu.be/Gmd25BbpLVw External Website

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Lionfish Challenge

Numbers update

As of this week:

  • 277 people have registered.
  • 21 people have submitted lionfish.
  • 2,839 total lionfish removed.
  • 26 tagged lionfish removed (two in the Atlantic and 24 in the Gulf).
  • 53 checkpoints for recreational participant submissions.

Recent Winners

  • May 19, Escambia County: Steve Houghland of Pensacola, $2,500.
  • May 19, Escambia County: Brad Riles of Pensacola, $1,500.
  • May 19, Escambia County: Curt Waldron of Georgia, $500.
  • May 26, Volusia County: Michael Bergmann of Titusville, $2,500.
  • May 26, Bay County: Roland Worrell of Lynn Haven, GoPro Hero5 Camera.
  • May 29, Martin County: Christian Mathisen of Sebastian, $1,500.
  • June 1, Pinellas County: Michael DeRemer of Largo, $500.
  • June 5, Bay County: Bob Cox of Port St Joe, $5,000.
  • June 5, Bay County: Ron Childs of Port St Joe, customized Engel 65-quart Cooler.
  • June 9, Bay County: Bob Cox of Port St Joe, GoPro Hero5 Camera.
  • June 10, Bay County: Carol Cox of Port St. Joe, Engel Cooler.

Upcoming Raffle Drawings

  • June 13 & 27.
  • All qualified participants (submission of 25 lionfish or 25 pounds for commercial) will be entered into drawing. Prizes include 4-foot JBL pole spear, Dive Rite surface marker tube, Lionator Pole spear prize pack, Enriched Air Diver Class from Narked Scuba.

Background

The Lionfish Challenge rewards lionfish harvesters with prizes for their lionfish removals, tagged or not. The tagged lionfish component is new this year and includes cash prizes up to $5,000. Lionfish were tagged at 50 public artificial reefs across the state between the depths of 80-120 feet.

Sign up and learn more today by visiting MyFWC.com/Lionfish.

Links

Support Florida lionfish control programs by purchasing new Rep Your Water lionfish hats External Website at Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida.

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Download Lionfish Challenge Promotional Video (Vimeo):https://bit.ly/2He4Wjq External Website



FWC Facts:
Gulf sturgeon are considered anadromous, from the Greek, meaning fishes that travel back and forth between fresh and salt water.

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