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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 2014-2018, Florida has held over 140 tournaments and removed over 103,800 lionfish.

Learn more about the FWC tournament assistance requirements and apply for 2019 lionfish tournament assistance funds.

2020 Lionfish Tournament Calendar

Date Location Name Contact
04/04 Key Largo FL
REEF Winter Lionfish Derby

04/29-05/3 St. Augustine FL

North Florida Shootout,

05/15-17 Destin

Emerald Coast Open

Add your tournament to our calendar!

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

For historical tournament results, email

2019 Lionfish Tournament Results

Date Location Name Number of Lionfish Harvested Largest Smallest Number of Participants
03/29 Key Largo

REEF Winter Lionfish Derby

620 417 77 35
05/16-05/19 Destin

Emerald Coast Open Lionfish Tournament

19167 440 75 187
05/26 Key West

Key West Lionfish Tournament

103 357 150 20
05/30-06/02 St. Augustine

North Florida Shootout

284 20
06/08 Gulf Breeze

Gulf Breeze Sertoma Family Fishing Rodeo

1 337 11
06/22 Tequesta

9th Annual Lionfish Round-Up

394 381 114 41
06/22 Sebastian

Sebastian Lionfish Fest

201 393 121 6
06/28 Ft. Lauderdale

REEF Fort Lauderdale Lionfish Derby

417 392 117 30
06/29 Key West

That's What She Shot

6 12
08/16 St. Petersburg

St. Pete Open

69 407 120 10
08/17 Pompano Beach

2nd Annual Shipwreck Park Lionfish Derby

313 388 52 42
09/13 Key Largo

REEF Upper Keys Lionfish Derby

1263 397 45 23
09/27 Sarasota

Suncoast Spearfishing Challenge

155 395 142 21
10/04 Pensacola

Pensacola Lionfish Classic

1492 439 37 54
11/23 Miami

Miami Signature Shipwreck Lionfish Derby

86 380 104 58

Total number of tournaments: 15

Total number of lionfish removed: 24,571

*Note: sizes in mm unless otherwise noted