2016 & 2017 Lionfish Challenge Hall of Fame    

 

Lionfish Challenge 2018

Timeline 

  • Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day (May 19, 2018) through Labor Day (Sept. 3, 2018)

Location

  • Statewide

How to Participate

  • Participants may only qualify for one category (recreational or commercial). All participants who have an active Saltwater Products License and who have commercial lionfish sales within the past year will automatically be included in the commercial category.
  • Registion form will be available prior to program start.
  • Harvest and submit lionfish via photo to Lionfish@MyFWC.com or at checkpoints located statewide.

Reward

  • Submission of initial 25 lionfish (recreational) or 25 lbs. (commercial) will earn you a t-shirt, commemorative coin and entry into the Hall of Fame.
  • Additional prizes awarded for continued lionfish submissions.
  • Raffle prizes donated by sponsors (Lionator Polespears External Website) that are awarded to participants throughout the program.

Read more about the Lionfish Challenge in the summary document Adobe PDF.


Tagged-Lionfish Removal Incentive program

Timeline 

  • Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day (May 19, 2018) through Labor Day (Sept. 3, 2018)

Location

  • Statewide

How to Participate

  • Lionfish will be tagged with an external dart tag at 50 public artificial reef sites between the depths of 80' - 120'. The reefs were randomly-selected and will not be disclosed to the public. Participants will have access to the reef locations at ReefRangers.com and the FWC Artificial Reefs website.
  • Harvest lionfish in hopes of removing a tagged lionfish!

Reward

  • Participants that harvest a tagged lionfish will receive a customized Lionfish Control Team long-sleeve performance fishing gear shirt.
  • The first tagged lionfish that is removed from each of the 50 reefs will be eligible for monetary or product-based rewards.
    • Participants that harvest the first nine (9) tagged lionfish from unique reef locations on each coast will be eligible to receive cash rewards ranging from $500 to $5,000.
    • Participants that harvest the first tagged lionfish from the remaining unique reef locations on each coast will be eligible to receive a customized Engel 65-quart Cooler External Website.
  • Sponsorships are accepted in either monetary or product form. Monetary sponsors are donated to and distributed from the Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida External Website. Sponsors to date (Feb. 2018):
    • American Sportfishing Association: $5,000
    • Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, Inc.: $1,500
    • Boat U.S.: $5,000
    • National Marine Manufacturers Association: $5,000
    • Yamaha Motors: $5,000
    • Coastal Conservation Association of Florida: $3,500

Read more about the tagging program in the summary document Adobe PDF.



FWC Facts:
The FWC operates two freshwater fish hatcheries: the Florida Bass Conservation Center in Sumter County, and the Blackwater Hatchery in Santa Rosa County.

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