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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 2014-2019, Florida has held over 150 tournaments and removed over 122,600 lionfish.

Learn more about the FWC tournament assistance requirements and apply for 2021 lionfish tournament assistance funds.

2021 Lionfish Tournament and Event Calendar

Date Location Name Contact
June 5th-6th St. Petersburg

2021 Tampa Bay Spearfishing Challenge

June 11th-13th Ft. Pierce

Treasure Coast Lionfish Safari

June 12th Miami

Summer Series Miami Lionfish Derby

June 24th-25th Deerfield Beach

Dixie Divers Lionfish Derby

(954) 420-0009

July 15th Lakeland

Lionfish Invasion Presentation

July 17th Miami

Summer Series Miami Lionfish Derby

August 5th-7th St. Augustine

2021 North Florida Shootout

August 14th Miami

Summer Series Miami Lionfish Derby

September 9th-12th Islamorada

Florida Keys Lionfish Festival and Tournament

October 2nd-3rd Navarre, FL

Navarre Fishing Rodeo


October 15th-17th Pensacola, FL

Pensacola Lionfish Classic 

Add your tournament to our calendar!

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

For historical tournament results, email

2021 Lionfish Tournament Results

Date Location Name Number of Lionfish Harvested Largest Smallest Number of Participants
February 1- May 13, 2021 Destin, FL

Emerald Coast Opened Pre-Tournament

2505 n/a n/a 38
April 23-25, 2021 Key Largo, FL

REEF Earth Day Lionfish Derby

494 N/A N/A 45
May 14-15, 2021 Destin, FL

Emerald Coast Open Main Tournament

7745 440 41 145
June 6, 2021 St. Petersburg, FL

Tampa Bay Spearfishing Challenge

84 1.84 lbs 0.21 lbs 10
August 5-8, 2021 St. Augustine

North Florida Shootout

246 15.5 in 6.5 in 10
September 9-12, 2021 Islamorada, FL

Florida Keys Lionfish Festival and Tournament

1216 436 69 57
October 2-3, 2021 Navarre, FL

Navarre Fishing Rodeo

0 N/A N/A 18
October 22-24, 2021 Pensacola, FL

Pensacola Lionfish Classic

4254 434 25 56

Total number of lionfish removed in 2021: 16,544

*Note: sizes in mm unless otherwise noted