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Lionfish Challenge 2020

Lionfish Challenge

Goal

  • To encourage and reward recreational and commercial divers to remove lionfish from Florida waters.

Timeline 

Overview

  • Statewide program
  • Recreational and commercial participant categories
  • Checkpoints located statewide for harvest submission
  • Tiered prize system to encourage continued harvest
  • Monthly Mini-Challenges

How to Participate

  • Register at FWCReefRangers.com (registration form available early May)
  • Participants compete in either the recreational or commercial category but may only qualify for one category. All participants who have an active Saltwater Products License and have commercial lionfish sales within the past year will automatically be included in the commercial category.

Recreational Category

  • Harvest and submit first 20 lionfish via photo at FWCReefRangers.com.
    • Photo requirement: Lionfish must be easy to count and include name, date of harvest and signature.
  • Submit tails (after first 20) to checkpoints located statewide (select dive shops and regional offices). Interested in participating as a checkpoint location? Contact Lionfish@MyFWC.com for details.
    • Tail submission requirements: Remove tails and place in plastic bag(s). Label bag(s) with harvester name, phone number, date of harvest and number of tails.
    • Complete the 2020 FWC Lionfish Challenge Submission Form and bring tails and form to checkpoint for verification of harvest.
    • Send a copy of submission form to Lionfish@MyFWC.com.

Commercial Category

  • Submit photo/copy of electronic trip tickets at FWCReefRangers.com.
    • Trip ticket requirement: Harvester name, date of harvest, amount of lionfish harvested (lbs.), and signature.

Reward

  • All qualified participants that submit 20 lionfish (recreational) or 20 lbs. (commercial) will receive a 2020 Lionfish Challenge t-shirt, commemorative coin, and entry into the FWC Lionfish Hall of Fame.
    • Resource based incentive: The 2020 commemorative coin is valid for 1 spiny lobster per person per day in addition to the daily bag limit during the 2020 sport season (July 29-30).
  • Tiered Prizes
    • To encourage continued harvesting efforts.
    • Prizes include: customized neck gaiter, fillet knife, customized Engel Backpack Cooler, silipint tumbler, customized beach towel, lionfish harvesting gear and more.
  • Raffle Drawings 
    • Every 2 weeks (beginning June 10th) for all qualified participants.
    • Interested in donating to the raffle prizes? Contact Lionfish@MyFWC.com.

Lionfish King/Queen: Most lionfish (by number) submitted by a recreational participant

  • Most lionfish by count (individual only)
  • Lionfish King or Queen trophy
  • Feature article in FWC’s January 2021 Saltwater Regulations publication
  • Featured prominently in the FWC Lionfish Hall of Fame on the FWCReefRangers.com website
  • Say Cheese Feature in Dive Training Magazine
  • Perdix dive computer
  • $300 for SCUBA nitrox fills

2nd Place Lionfish King/Queen

  • $200 for SCUBA nitrox fills
  • Paralenz dive camera

3rd Place Lionfish King/Queen

  • GoPro Hero 8 dive camera
  • $100 for SCUBA nitrox fills

Commercial Champion: Most lionfish (by weight) submitted by a commercial participant

  • Most lionfish by count (individual only)
  • Lionfish King or Queen trophy
  • Feature article in FWC’s January 2021 Saltwater Regulations publication
  • Featured prominently in the FWC Lionfish Hall of Fame on the FWCReefRangers.com website
  • Say Cheese Feature in Dive Training Magazine
  • Perdix dive computer
  • $300 for SCUBA nitrox fills

2nd Place Commercial Champion

  • $200 for SCUBA nitrox fills
  • Paralenz dive camera

3rd Place Commercial Champion

  • GoPro Hero 8 dive camera
  • $100 for SCUBA nitrox fills

View the full Program Overview.

Registration Form

All participants must register for the 2020 Lionfish Challenge prior to submitting lionfish to the program. The 2020 registration form will be available early May 2020 at FWCReefRangers.com.

And please remember to Stash the Trash!

 

 

 

Checkpoints

  • Purpose: Recreational harvesters, after submission of their first 20 lionfish, must remove lionfish tails, place in plastic bag(s), complete the 2020 Lionfish Challenge Submission Form and bring to local checkpoint for verification of harvest. Checkpoints will retain tails and send a copy of the form to Lionfish@MyFWC.com for harvest submission.
  • Interested in participating as a 2020 Lionfish Challenge checkpoint? Contact Lionfish@MyFWC.com.