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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 Lionfish@MyFWC.com 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 Lionfish@MyFWC.com 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 Lionfish@MyFWC.com 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 2020 lionfish tournament assistance funds.

2020 Lionfish Tournament Calendar

Date Location Name Contact
10/02-10/04 Navarre Beach, FL

Navarre Fishing Rodeo

mike@NavarreChamberFoundation.org

Add your tournament to our calendar!

Email the tournament name, date, location, contact information and tournament website to Lionfish@MyFWC.com.

For historical tournament results, email Lionfish@MyFWC.com.

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
09/09-09/11 Key Largo

REEF Upper Keys Lionfish Derby

1321 410 60 89

Total number of tournaments: 2

Total number of lionfish removed: 5,961

*Note: sizes in mm unless otherwise noted