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Lionfish Tournaments and Events

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 for more information and to schedule.

2018 Lionfish Summit

The Summit was held Oct. 2-4 in Cocoa Beach. The event featured presentations and discussions by marine resource managers, dive professionals, researchers, and ocean conservationists on 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.

SAVE the DATE for 2019!

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 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.

Events where you can learn about lionfish

Feature lionfish materials in your shop or classroom

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.

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

Total number of tournaments: 1

Total number of lionfish removed: 620

*Note: sizes in mm unless otherwise noted