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FWC announces 2024 Lionfish Challenge

Media contact: Emily Robicheaux, Release Date: 05-23-2024   All Articles Tags:

Everyone’s favorite conservation event of the year is about to kick off! The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is excited to announce the 2024 Lionfish Challenge.

The Lionfish Challenge is a free summer-long lionfish tournament open to recreational and commercial competitors of all ages around the state of Florida. More than 195,000 lionfish have been removed as a part of this challenge since it began in 2016. As we kick off the nineth year of the Lionfish Challenge, our goal remains the same: remove as many lionfish as we can in just three months. Are you up for the Challenge?

Tournament details:

Timeline: May 24 to Sept. 2. 

Categories: Participants will compete in either the commercial or the recreational division with grand prizes to the top competitors in each division.

Prizes will be awarded in tiers as follows:

  • Tier 1- Harvest 25 lionfish (recreational category) or 50 pounds of lionfish (commercial category).
  • Tier 2- Harvest 75 lionfish (recreational category) or 100 pounds of lionfish (commercial category).
  • Tier 3- Harvest 150 lionfish (recreational category) or 200 pounds of lionfish (commercial category).
  • Tier 4- Harvest 300 lionfish (recreational category) or 400 pounds of lionfish (commercial category).
  • Tier 5- Harvest 600 lionfish (recreational category) or 800 pounds of lionfish (commercial category).

To read the full tournament rules and register, visit

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