Lionfish Events

Host a REEF Sanctioned Lionfish Derby!

Help fight the lionfish invasion by hosting a REEF Sanctioned Lionfish Derby. Lionfish derbies have been found to be effective tools in reducing lionfish populations in derby areas. The Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) has been organizing and conducting derbies since the first derby in the Bahamas in 2009. REEF aims to help others organize and conduct safe and effective derbies by offering a "REEF Sanctioned Lionfish Derby" program to provide tools, templates and promotion for derby organizers. Derbies that meet criteria found in successful derbies around the region will be recognized and promoted through this program.

Read more about the REEF Sanctioned Lionfish Derby program here.

Download and complete the REEF Sanctioned Lionfish Derby request form here.


Upcoming REEF Sanctioned Lionfish Derbies


Third Annual Hairoun Beer Mayreau Regatta Lionfish Derby


Location: Saline Bay, Mayreau, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
May 1, 2014
Nancy Saul-Demers (784-458-8006)

Gulf Coast Lionfish Roundup Derby

Location: Flora Bama Yacht Club (17350 Peridido Key Dr., Pensacola, FL 32507)
Date: April 30-May 4, 2014
Contact: Andy Ross (850-529-2475)

 Treasure Coast Derby

Location: Fort Pierce City Marina (1 Avenue A, Ft Pierce, FL)
DateJune 6-7, 2014
Contact: Bob Hickerson



Jacksonville Derby 

Location: Jacksonville, FL
DateAugust 8-9, 2014
Website: TBA
Contact: Walt Quinn


Boynton Beach Derby

Location: Boynton Beach, FL
Date: July 25-26, 2014
Contact: TBA


Sarasota Derby

Location: Sarsota, FL
Date: October 3-4, 2014
Website: TBA
Contact: Allie ElHage


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