Lionfish update: One more week to go in Lionfish Challenge
The fourth annual Lionfish Challenge is almost over (last day to submit is Labor Day, Sept. 2), but there is still time to earn prizes or get a chance at $3,000 for harvesting the largest or smallest lionfish of the competition.
As of this week:
- 336 people have registered.
- 138 people have submitted lionfish (124 recreational, 14 commercial).
- 19,765 lionfish removed.
- 37mm size of the smallest qualifying lionfish.
- 434mm size of the largest qualifying lionfish.
- Final raffle drawing is Aug. 28
- Recent winners:
- Francis Sullivan, St. Lucie County, $50 SCUBA air fill gift card
- Daniel Pylate, Okaloosa County, Pole spear from Florida Underwater Sports and Neritic Nexus Gloves
- Larry Benning, St. Lucie County, Pole spear from Florida Underwater Sports and Neritic Nexus Gloves
- Joshua Livingston, Okaloosa County, Customized Lionfish Etched Pint Glass
- Devon Pharo, Monroe County, Lionator Pro Version Pole spear and customized gear
- James Spencer, Volusia County, Customized Engel Tumbler and Neritic Nexus Gloves
- Klayton Harmon, Monroe County, ZooKeeper Lionfish Containment Unit
- Rick Warner, Monroe County, ZooKeeper Lionfish Containment Unit
- Teresa Hattaway, Pinellas County, HP 100 SCUBA Cylinder
- Wayne Moler, Pinellas County, LionLift Kit from Toothless Life
All qualified participants (submission of 25 lionfish or 25 pounds for commercial) will be entered in drawing. Prizes include pole spears from Florida Underwater Sports, LionLift Kits from Toothless Life, Lionator pole spear prize packs, Neritic Nexus Gloves, $50 SCUBA air fill gift cards, HP 100 SCUBA cylinders, Reef Sentinel Kits from Stream2Sea, ZooKeeper Lionfish Containment Units, and Engel tumblers.
The Lionfish Challenge rewards harvesters with prizes for their lionfish removals. This year, participants who submit the largest or smallest lionfish may be eligible to receive up to $3,000 in cash prizes thanks to support from sponsors: American Sportfishing Association, Yamaha Motor Company, Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County and National Marine Manufacturers Association. Learn more at FWCReefRangers.com.
Support Florida lionfish control programs by purchasing a Rep Your Water lionfish hat at Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida.