Lionfish Tournament and Event Calendar
Join the Lionfish Control Team
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.
The 2018 Lionfish Summit was held Oct. 2-4 in Cocoa Beach. The event featured presentations and discussion by marine resource managers, dive professionals, researchers and ocean conservationists to discuss three main themes in regards to lionfish: Policy and Regulation, Control Efforts/Research and Monitoring, and Education and Outreach. Summary report coming soon! View the Summit Agenda.
Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day:
First Saturday after Mother's Day each year. Join us May 18-19 at AJ's and Harbor Boardwalk in Destin. More details coming soon! View the 2018 event photos Flickr album.
Become a Reef Ranger:
Sign up for free today and pledge to remove and report lionfish from any of Florida's natural or artificial reefs.
Host a "Become the Predator" Workshop
- Workshop includes an educational presentation about the lionfish invasion, statewide programs and control efforts, harvesting gear and techniques, safe handling and a fillet demonstration.
- Available upon request. Contact Lionfish@MyFWC.com and include name of organization, location and estimated number of attendees.
- Attention dive shops and charters: Interested in hosting a workshop and lionfish excursion? FWC educates and trains divers to confidently and safely harvest lionfish.
- Available upon request. Contact Lionfish@MyFWC.com.
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.
2019 Lionfish Tournament Calendar
Emerald Coast Open Pre Tournament
REEF Winter Lionfish Derby
2018 Lionfish Tournament Results
|Date||Location||Name||Number of Lionfish Harvested||Largest||Smallest||Number of Participants|
REEF Winter Lionfish Derby
4Earth Lionfish Derby
|7||11.5 in.||8.5 in.||24|
1st Annual Key Biscayne Yacht Club Lionfish Derby
|05/19||Panama City Beach||1490||17 1/8 in.||0.02 in.||45|
|06/01||Fort Pierce||288||15 5/8 in.||5 7/8 in.||22|
REEF Miami Lionfish Derby
|06/16||Miami||67||26.85 oz||0.2 oz||63|
REEF Sarasota Lionfish Derby
REEF Fort Lauderdale Lionfish Derby
REEF Palm Beach County Lionfish Derby
REEF Jacksonville Lionfish Derby
Total derbies: 23
Total number of lionfish removed: 20,522
*Note: sizes in mm unless otherwise noted