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Lionfish Challenge 2021

Lionfish Challenge


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


  • May 21, 2021 through Labor Day, Sept. 6, 2021


  • 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 Qualify

  • All participants required to register at
  • Harvest 25 or more lionfish

Recreational Category

  • Harvest 25 or more lionfish
  • Submit tails to checkpoint (listed online)
    • Place tails in a plastic sandwich bag(s): include harvester name, phone number, date of harvest, and number of tails.
    • Complete the 2021 FWC Lionfish Challenge Submission Form and have Checkpoints stamp for verification. Checkpoints will retain bags for verification by FWC staff.
    • Participant will send a copy of the 2021 FWC Lionfish Challenge Tail Submission Form to

Commercial Category

  • Participants with active Saltwater Products License and lionfish sales within the last year will automatically be included in this category.
  • Submit photo of trip tickets at
  • Trip ticket requirement: Harvester name, date of harvest, amount harvested (lbs.), and signature


  • All participants with submissions of 25 lionfish/lbs. receive:
    • Commemorative coin
      • Resource-based incentive: 2021 coin is valid for 1 spiny lobster per person per day in addition to the daily bag limit during the 2021 sport season (July 28-29)
    • 2021 Lionfish Challenge long-sleeved performance fishing shirt
    • Entry Monthly raffle
    • Feature in FWC Lionfish Hall of Fame at
  • Tiers
    • 25 lionfish (25 lbs)
    • 100 lionfish (200 lbs)
    • 300 lionfish (600 lbs)
    • 600 lionfish (1,200 lbs)
  • Prizes TBD
  • Raffle Drawings
    • Harvesters in the Recreational and Commercial Category are eligible.
      • Recreational harvesters that submit 25 lionfish and commercial harvesters that submit 25 lbs. of lionfish will receive one entry into the raffle. Additional submissions do not increase raffle entries.
      • Harvesters can only win one raffle prize during the 2021 Lionfish Challenge.
    • Raffle drawing dates:
      • June 2nd- 2 winners
      • July 7th – 4 winners
      • August 4th – 4 winners
      • September 1st – 2 winners


Registration Form

All participants must register for the 2021 Lionfish Challenge prior to submitting lionfish to the program. The 2021 registration form is now available at

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