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Lionfish Tournament and Event Calendar

Join the Lionfish Control Team

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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.

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.

SAVE THE DATE for 2019! 

  • Festival: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., May 18-19, AJ's and HarborWalk Village, Destin.
    • Family-friendly activities; art, diving, and marine conservation booths; live music; fillet demos; lionfish tastings.
  • Emerald Coast Open Lionfish Tournament
    • Pre-tournament: Feb. 1 - May 15
    • Regular tournament: May 16-19
    • Kick-off: 6-9 p.m. Feb. 1, 1835 Porch Bar, Destin
  • Hosted by FWC and the Emerald Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Learn more about the festival or register for the Emerald Coast Open tournament.

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 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

Lionfish Literature

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

2018 Lionfish Tournament Results

Date Location Name Number of Lionfish Harvested Largest Smallest Number of Participants
03/01 Pensacola

Lionfish World Championship (pre-tournament)

4056 N/A N/A 39
03/31 Key Largo

REEF Winter Lionfish Derby

414 440 118 49
04/21 Miami

4Earth Lionfish Derby

7 11.5 in. 8.5 in. 24
05/12 Jacksonville

North Florida Shootout

144 N/A N/A 14
05/12 Key Biscayne

1st Annual Key Biscayne Yacht Club Lionfish Derby

1 N/A N/A 10
05/18 Pensacola

Lionfish World Championship

9619 435 73 99
05/19 St. Petersburg

Lionfish Calcutta

204 N/A N/A 17
05/19 Panama City Beach

Lion Tamer Tournament

1490 17 1/8 in. 0.02 in. 45
06/01 Fort Pierce

Martin County 8th Annual Lionfish Round-Up

288 15 5/8 in. 5 7/8 in. 22
06/01 Tampa

Tampa Bay Spearfishing Challenge

189 N/A N/A 12
06/10 Miami

REEF Miami Lionfish Derby

308 411 112 16
06/10 Fort Pierce

Capt. Don's Treasure Coast Lionfish Safari

327 N/A N/A 22
06/16 Miami

8th Annual Lionfish Bash

67 26.85 oz 0.2 oz 63
06/22 Key West

7th Annual That's What She Shot

283 N/A N/A 10
06/30 Sebastian

Sebastian Lionfish Fest

52 365 134 36
07/08 Sarasota

REEF Sarasota Lionfish Derby

545 391 98 24
07/13 Fort Lauderdale

REEF Fort Lauderdale Lionfish Derby

509 409 131 24
08/03 Palm Beach

REEF Palm Beach County Lionfish Derby

175 373 84 121
08/10 Jacksonville

REEF Jacksonville Lionfish Derby

285 381 31 12
08/25 Pompano Beach

Pompano Beach Lionfish Derby

256 N/A N/A 57
09/14 Key Largo

REEF Upper Keys Lionfish Derby

1196 396 56 50
09/28 Sarasota

Suncoast Spearfishing Challenge

107 410 160 12
10/06 Navarre

Navarre Fishing Rodeo

0 N/A N/A 14

Total derbies: 23

Total number of lionfish removed: 20,522

*Note: sizes in mm unless otherwise noted