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.
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.
Lionfish Tournament Assistance
FWC encourages removal efforts by supporting lionfish-specific and multi-species spearfishing tournaments.
From 2014-2023, Florida has held 187 tournaments and removed over 191,000 lionfish.
2024 Lionfish Tournament and Event Calendar
|February 1- May 17, 2024||Statewide||
2024 Emerald Coast Open Pretournament
|May 17-18, 2024||Destin, FL||
2024 Emerald Coast Open Main Tournament
|May 18-19, 2024||Destin, FL||
Lionfish Removal Awareness Day Festival
|June 20-23, 2024||Key Largo, FL||
REEF Florida Keys Lionfish Derby
2023 Lionfish Tournament Results
|February 1- May 18, 2023||Statewide||2023 Emerald Coast Open Pretournament||5,139 Lionfish|
|April 1- June 30, 2023||Key Largo, FL||REEF Florida Keys Lionfish Sweeps||173 Lionfish|
|May 19- 20, 2023||Destin, FL||2023 Emeral Coast Open Main Tournament||19,560 Lionfish|
|May 20- 21, 2023||Destin, FL||Lionfish Removal Awareness Day Festival||38 Lionfish|
|June 2- 4, 2023||Key West, FL||That's What She Shot Spearfishing Tournament||38 Lionfish|
|July 15, 2023||Panama City, FL||2nd Annual Dive for a Cure||67 Lionfish|
|July 14-16, 2023||Key West, FL||1st Annual Key West Lionfish Tournament||397 Lionfish|
|September 8-9, 2023||Islamorada, FL||REEF Florida Keys Lionfish Derby||1,898 Lionfish|
|September 10, 2023||Islamorada, FL||REEF Florida Keys Lionfish Festival|
|October 7-8, 2023||Navarre Beach, FL||Navarre Fishing Rodeo||0 Lionfish|
|October 20-21, 2023||Pensacola, FL||Pensacola Lionfish Shootout||2,488 Lionfish|
|October 21-22, 2023||Pensacola, FL||Pensacola Lionfish Festival|