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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 2014-2023, Florida has held 187 tournaments and removed over 191,000 lionfish.

Our 2023-2024 Tournament Funds Requests are live. For any questions or to learn more about the program email

2024 Lionfish Tournament and Event Calendar

Date Location Name Website
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

July 20-21, 2024 Key West, FL

2nd Annual Key West Lionfish Derby

August 16-17, 2024 Key Largo, FL REEF Florida Keys Lionfish Derby

Add your tournament to our calendar!

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

For historical tournament results, email

2023 Lionfish Tournament Results

Date Location Derby Name Website 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