Evaluate, Educate & Eradicate Invasive Lionfish From Our Reefs

Lionfish Derby & Tournaments

Lionfish Derbies & Tournaments

There are plenty of Lionfish Derbies & Tournaments going on throughout the world. Here is a list of the ones we have found. We are in desperate need of any and all derbies and tournaments. This is a free listing so if you know of any that are not on this list lets us place it here for you.

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Lionfish Central Lionfish Derby Global

February 1st - May 17th, 2020 Destin, FL

Emerald Coast Lionfish Tournament

Pre-Tournament  – February 1 – May 13, 2020

Main Tournament – May 15-17, 2020

Destin, Florida

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Past Lionfish Derbies & Tournaments

October 12, 2019 Belleair Bluffs, FL

2019 Lionfish Calcutta
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Saturday, October 12, 2019

The Florida Skin Divers Association (FSDA) invites ALL DIVERS & ANGLERS to join in the 2019 Floirda Skin Divers Association Lionfish Calcutta October 12, 2019 removal  of Lionfish (Pterois volitans) on Florida’s  West Central Gulfcoast. This one-day event will be held at the  Belleair Boat Ramp located at 3900 W. Bay Dr., Belleair Bluffs, FL 34640, on Saturday October 12 , 2019.   Cash prizes for this event will be based on number of entries. The FSDA will pay out 100% of monies collected from the entry fees (less tournament expenses). Please click the link below for complete rules and information.

Registration is not final until the completed registration / waiver form has been received. Please fax or email completed forms to:
Fax – 727-397-2850
email – divefsda1@gmail.com

August 2, 2019: Bahamas


This event celebrates the opening of the national Lobster Season and includes a hunt for the invasive Lion Fish. On day one, prizes will be awarded for the largest lobster and most lion fish caught: start time 9:00 a.m. / end time 4:00 p.m. In the evening, there will be a variety of lobster entrees, lots of beverages, art, souvenirs, games, and dancing to Bahamian music: start time 6:00 p.m. / end time 11:00 p.m.

Day two continues with a variety of lobster dishes, highlighted by a lobster culinary competition, and announcement of day one and two winners. The evening ends with a Junkanoo rush-out. Start time 6:00 p.m. / end time 11:00 p.m.

July 12-14, 2019 Sarasota, FL


 July 12, 2019  

Join Mote Marine Laboratory and REEF for the sixth annual Sarasota Lionfish Derby, an environmentally friendly event that invites scuba divers to harvest this invasive species, and allows the public to taste delicious lionfish dishes prepared by top local chefs. The derby will take place from July 12-14 based at Mote, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway in Sarasota.

Lionfish Derby schedule details:

The derby will kick-off with a captain’s meeting for the team participants from 6:30-7:30 Friday, July 12, in Mote’s WAVE Center at 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota. Lionfish hunting will take place on Saturday, July 13, in the Gulf of Mexico. Tournament boundaries are from Collier to Escambia County. On July 14, the fish weigh-in and lionfish tasting start at noon. Awards for the top teams will immediately follow the weigh-in and scoring.

June 28-30, 2019 Fort Lauderdale, FL

REEF’s 2019 Lionfish Derby Summer Series

June 28-30th REEF’s 8th Annual Fort Lauderdale Lionfish Derby

hosted by 15th Street Fisheries

June 22-23, 2019 Sebastian, FL

2019 Sebastian Lionfish Fest
Making Delicious Dishes from Destructive Fishes

Join us for our fourth annual event, featuring a Lionfish tournament, cook-off, educational experience, and live entertainment! Help us spread awareness and protect our coastal ecosystems against this harmful and invasive species!

June 22, 2019: Jupiter, FL


9th Annual Lionfish Round-Up
Saturday, June 22nd, 2019
Mandatory Diver’s Briefing – 2 Options:
Pirates Cove Resort & Marina – Thursday, June 20th, 2019
Blue Pointe Bar & Grill @ Jupiter Pointe Marina – Friday, June 21st, 2019

June 16, 2019 Marathon, FL - Not A Derby - Just For The Experience

Sunday, June 16, 2019 at 8 AM – 12 PM
Better Than Most Watersports
4590 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, Florida 33050



May 2, 2019 St. Augustine, FL

Tournament Kickoff Party: 7:00pm April 3rd at Ancient City Brewery(3420 Agricultural Center Dr. St. Augustine 32092)

Captain’s Meeting: 7:00pm May 1st at Ancient City Brewery

Tournament Spearfishing Days: Shooting days are May 2nd-4th, 2019

Weigh-Ins & Award Ceremony: 10:00am May 5th Comachee Cove Yacht Harbor (3070 Harbor Dr St Augustine 32084)

Must be in line for weigh-in by 12:00 PM! 

Rain Dates: May 30th-June 2nd


March 29-30, 2019 Key Largo, FL

Captain’s Meeting:

Friday, March 29th from 6:30-7:30pm
REEF HQ 98300 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037                         

***Captain’s Meeting is mandatory for the team captains, and all team members are encouraged to attend. The team captain must be one of the four participants in the derby, but does not need to be the captain of the boat. Safe collecting and handling techniques and derby rules will be reviewed. ***

Derby Day: 

Saturday, March 30th at Sharkey’s Pub and Galley Restaurant
Sunrise: Teams may begin collecting lionfish                                                               
5:00 pm: All lionfish must be turned into the scoring station (dock at Sharkey’s Pub & Galley)
5:00-6:00 pm: Scoring and public lionfish tastings
Awards will immediately follow scoring     

Lionfish scoring, fillet and dissection demonstrations, games, raffle prizes and other activities will start at 5:00PM. Sharkey’s will be offering lionfish tastings and drink specials open to public.

Registration cost: $120.00 per team (minimum 2 people per team, maximum 4 people)

Pay Registration Fee

January 1-31, 2019: Bermuda

Bermuda’s Winter Lionfish Derby is an annual event and every Bermuda resident with a valid, up-to-date lionfish culling permit is invited to participate. So if you have one, please brave the cold water and hunt. It seems Bermuda’s lionfish typically move closer to shore through the winter, into shallower water, which makes them easy targets. Considering the overall threat that invasive lionfish represent, we think an annual winter derby provides a unique opportunity to catch big numbers of lionfish in an easy and fun way, ultimately making a pretty big dent in their population.

Bermuda's fourth annual Winter Lionfish Derby 2019 Logo

The 2019 derby will run from January 1st until January 31st, with a wrap-up party and award ceremony on Saturday, February 2nd at a venue still to be determined. There will be a $25 entry fee to participate and with it, you’ll get a ticket to the party. As in years past, there will be cash prizes in both freediver and SCUBA diver categories. We also hope to have additional door prizes for lionfish hunters who did not bring in big numbers, but still deserve a prize for their efforts. So even if you only spear one single lionfish, you still might win something. Every lionfish hunter who provides us with proof of their catch will receive an official Winter Lionfish Derby hooded sweatshirt. For any hunters who tried, but came home empty-handed, there will be a limited number of sweatshirts available for purchase. A separate event will be posted here with Premier Tickets in mid-January for people who wish to attend the party, but do not plan to hunt.

March 24th & 25th 2018: Cayman

Cayman Cull 

CULL #25 March 24th & 25th 2018

June 9-10th 2018: Fort Pierce

Treasure Coast Lionfish Safari 2018


The 6th Annual Lionfish Safari is an opportunity to learn more about the invasive Lionfish that are taking over our coastal waters. Divers can participate in the competition for biggest, smallest, and most lionfish removed from the water over the weekend, and cash prizes up to $3,000 will be awarded!

Kid’s Activities, Art, Bands, Vendors, and Food booths will be present throughout the weekend, and the scientific community will be on site taking measurements and samples so we can learn more about how to stop this predator from eating all of our native fish species. This educational event is fun for the entire family!

October 12-14, 2018: Roatan

Roatan International Lionfish Tournament