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Lionfish Tournaments and Events

Get involved with lionfish removal and awareness efforts by participating in any of our statewide events and tournaments, host a "Become the Predator" workshop, feature educational brochures in your shop, or host a "Lionfish: Classroom Invasion" dissection and presentation.

Contact for more information and to schedule.


Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day

First Saturday after Mother's Day each year. Check out our annual festival.

Get Involved

Workshop includes an educational presentation about the lionfish invasion, statewide programs and control efforts, harvesting gear and techniques, safe handling and a fillet demonstration.

Dive shops and charters can also request a lionfish excursion. FWC educates and trains divers to confidently and safely harvest lionfish.

Available upon request.

Contact and include name of organization, location and estimated number of attendees.

Educational materials are available for display and distribution in your dive shop or classroom. Contact and include your mailing address and type of materials requested.

View the educational lionfish brochure or poster.

Lionfish Tournament Assistance

FWC encourages removal efforts by supporting lionfish-specific and multi-species spearfishing tournaments.

From 2014-2019, Florida has held over 150 tournaments and removed over 122,600 lionfish.

Learn more about the FWC tournament assistance requirements and apply for 2021 lionfish tournament assistance funds.

2021 Lionfish Tournament and Event Calendar

Date Location Name Contact
02/01-05/13 Destin, Fl

Emerald Coast Open Pretournament

03/18 Lakeland, FL

Lionfish Invasion Presentation

04/23-04/25 Key Largo

REEF Earth Day Lionfish Derby

05/14-05/16 Destin, FL

Emerald Coast Open

05/15-05/16 Destin, FL

Lionfish Removal & Awareness Festival

05/19-05/23 St. Augustine

2021 North Florida Shootout

06/11-06-13 Ft. Pierce

Treasure Coast Lionfish Safari

07/15 Lakeland, FL

Lionfish Invasion Presentation

Add your tournament to our calendar!

Email the tournament name, date, location, contact information and tournament website to

For historical tournament results, email

2020 Lionfish Tournament Results

Date Location Name Number of Lionfish Harvested Largest Smallest Number of Participants
02/01-09/15 Destin, FL

Emerald Coast Opened Pre-Tournament

4640 n/a n/a 57
09/11-09/13 Key Largo

REEF Upper Keys Lionfish Derby

1321 410 60 89
09/26 Key West, FL

2nd Annual Lionfish Key West Derby

51 16.4in 3.5on 19
10/2 -10/4 Navarre, FL

Navarre Fishing Rodeo

0 n/a n/a 21
11/7 Miami, FL

Lionfish Derby, Derby to Benefit Shaks4Kids

26 15.5in 5in 27

Total number of lionfish removed: 6,038

*Note: sizes in mm unless otherwise noted