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Lionfish Challenge 2019

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
  • Cash prizes for largest and smallest lionfish

How to Participate

  • Register at ReefRangers.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 25 lionfish via photo at ReefRangers.com.
    • Photo requirement: Lionfish must be easy to count and include name, date of harvest and signature.
  • Submit tails (after first 25) 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 2019 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 ReefRangers.com.
    • Trip ticket requirement: Harvester name, date of harvest, amount of lionfish harvested (lbs.), and signature.

Reward

  • All qualified participants that submit 25 lionfish (recreational) or 25 lbs. (commercial) will receive a 2019 Lionfish Challenge t-shirt, commemorative coin, and entry into the FWC Lionfish Hall of Fame.
    • Resource based incentive: The 2019 commemorative coin is valid for 1 spiny lobster per person per day in addition to the daily bag limit during the 2019 sport season (July 24-25).
  • Tiered Prizes
    • To encourage continued harvesting efforts.
    • Prizes include: customized neck gaiter, fillet knife, reusable heat pack for lionfish stings, Engel Coolers silipint tumbler, Costa sunglasses, and lionfish harvesting gear.
  • Raffle Drawings 
  • Cash Prizes

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

  • Lionfish King/Queen trophy
  • Feature article in FWC's January 2020 recreational Saltwater Regulations publication
  • Featured prominently in the FWC Lionfish Hall of Fame
  • HP 100 SCUBA cylinder
  • $500 for SCUBA air fills

2nd place Lionfish King/Queen

  • HP 100 SCUBA cylinder
  • $250 for SCUBA air fills

3rd place Lionfish King/Queen

  • HP 100 SCUBA cylinder
  • $100 for SCUBA air fills

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

  • Commercial Champion trophy
  • Feature article in FWC's January 2020 recreational Saltwater Regulations publication
  • Featured prominently in the FWC Lionfish Hall of Fame
  • HP 100 SCUBA cylinder
  • $500 for SCUBA air fills

2nd place Commercial Champion

  • HP 100 SCUBA cylinder
  • $250 for SCUBA air fills

3rd place Commercial Champion

  • HP 100 SCUBA cylinder
  • $100 for SCUBA air fills

View the full Program Overview.

Registration Form

All participants must register for the 2019 Lionfish Challenge prior to submitting lionfish to the program. The 2019 registration form will be available early May 2019 at ReefRangers.com.

 

 

 

Checkpoints

  • Purpose: Recreational harvesters, after submission of their first 25 lionfish, must remove lionfish tails, place in plastic bag(s), complete the 2019 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 2019 Lionfish Challenge checkpoint? Contact Lionfish@MyFWC.com.