2018 Fort Lauderdale Lionfish Derby

The third derby in REEF's 2018 Lionfish Derby series presented by Whole Foods Market is taking place in Ft. Lauderdale hosted by 15th Street Fisheries July 13-14 

Derby Schedule

Late registration:

5:30-6:30 pm for those teams not yet registered 

Friday, July 13th at 15th Street Fisheries (1900 SE 15th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL)    

Captain's Meeting:                                       

6:30-7:30 pm: Captain's Meeting 

Friday, July 13th at 15th Street Fisheries (1900 SE 15th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL)   

***The 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, July 14th at 15th Street Fisheries

Sunrise: Teams may begin collecting lionfish                                                                                           

5:00 pm: All lionfish must be turned into the scoring station (15th Street Fisheries)   

Scoring, filleting and dissection demonstrations, activites, and lionfish tastings will take place starting around 4PM and are free and open to public. Raffle tickets will be sold for a number of prizes. 

~6:00-6:30 pm: Awards ceremony  


Cash prizes of up to $6,500 will be awarded to the participating teams who bring in the most, largest and smallest lionfish.

*First Timers category is for teams (all team members) who have not participated in a REEF derby before. 

**The Golden Fish Award will be run as a raffle. All officially entered teams are eligible. For each team checking in at the scoring station by 5:00pm on July 14th (all team members must check in), a single ticket will be issued, regardless of the number of lionfish removed, for a $1,000 cash drawing occurring at the awards ceremony. 

All participants in each derby will also earn an entry into the drawing for a Atlantis Philippines-Dive Resorts & Liveaboards http://www.atlantishotel.com certificate for to a 7 night dive vacation at either  Atlantis Puerto Galera or Atlantis Dumaguete for one (1) person valued at $2,600. 

With all these chances to win you don't want to miss out!

Registration cost: $120.00 (2-4 people per team)






Sea Experience is offering a lionfish dive on their boat the morning of Saturday July 14th. Check out their Facebook event here.


Design by Joanne Kidd, development by Ben Weintraub