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

   

First CORE Annual St. Croix Lionfish Derby



 

Location: Christiansted, St. Croix
Date:
November 14-15, 2014
Website:
http://www.corevi.org/
Contact:
Nadija Packauskas and Wess Tester
Email:
stxoutreach@corevi.org

 

Past REEF Sanctioned Lionfish Derbies

 

Sarasota Derby

 

 

 

Location: Sarsota, FL
Date: October 24-26 , 2014 (1 day of fishing)
Website: SarasotaLionfishDerby.com
Contact: Allie ElHage
Email: zookeeperlcu@gmail.com
Number of participants: 4
Number of lionfish caught: 251
Largest lionfish caught: 374 mm
Smallest lionfish caught: 146 mm

 

eBoat Listings Lionfish Derby

 


 

Location: Harvey Oyer Park, Boynton Beach, FL
Date: October 16-18, 2014 (1 day of fishing)
Website:http://blog.eboatlistings.com/lionfish-tournament/
Contact: Jessica Anderson
Email: jessica@eBoatListings.com
Number of participants: 36
Number of lionfish caught: 406
Largest lionfish caught: 389 mm
Smallest lionfish caught: 90 mm

 

DEEP 2014 Roatan Lionfish Derby

 



Location: Roatan, Honduras
Date:
October 20-22, 2014
Website:
www.caredeeply.org
Contact:
Kelli Shaw
Email:
kelli@caredeeply.org
***Waiting on results

 

Coastal Carolina Derby 

 

 

 

Location: Dockside Bar and Grill, Wilmington, NC
Date: September 20-21, 2014 (1 day of fishing)
Website: http://cclionfishderby.wix.com/cclionfishderby
Contact: Dane Young
Email: cclionfishderby@yahoo.com
***waiting on results

 

Jacksonville Derby 





Location:
Beach Marine, Jacksonville Beach, FL
DateAugust 8-9, 2014 (1 day of fishing)
Website: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-northeast-florida-lionfish-rodeo-tickets-11810301931
Contact: Walt Quinn
Email: waltquinn@comcast.net
Number of participants: 26
Number of lionfish caught: 1102
Largest lionfish caught: 448 mm
Smallest lionfish caught: 37 mm

 

Gold Coast Lionfish Derby


 


Location
:
Boca Raton, FL
Date: July 25-26, 2014 (1 day of fishing)
Contact: Sean Meadows
Email: worldofscubafl@gmail.com
Number of participants: 45
Number of lionfish caught: 551
Largest lionfish caught: 423 mm
Smallest lionfish caught: 106 mm

 

Reef Builders Lionfish Round-Up

 

 

 

Location: The Twisted Tuna, Port Salerno, FL
Date: July 12, 2014 (1 day of fishing)
Website: www.mcacreefs.org and www.mclionfish.com
Contact: MCAC Artificial Reef Fund, Inc.
Email: info@mcacreefs.org
***waiting on results

 

Third Annual Hairoun Beer Mayreau Regatta Lionfish Derby

 



Location: Saline Bay, Mayreau, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Date:
May 1, 2014 (1 day of fishing)
Contact:
Nancy Saul-Demers (784-458-8006)
Email:
nancyandlorne@gmail.com
Website:
www.facebook.com/mayreau.regatta
Number of participants: 19
Number of lionfish caught: 212
Largest lionfish caught: 376 mm
Smallest lionfish caught: 78 mm
 

Gulf Coast Lionfish Roundup Derby




Location
:
Flora Bama Yacht Club (17350 Peridido Key Dr., Pensacola, FL 32507)
Date: April 30-May 4, 2014 (2.5 days of fishing)
Website: www.gulfcoastlionfish.com
Contact: Andy Ross (850-529-2475)
Email: sharkman58@gmail.com
Number of participants: 23
Number of lionfish caught: 1914
Largest lionfish caught: 392 mm
Smallest lionfish caught: 66 mm

 

Treasure Coast Derby





Location
:
Fort Pierce City Marina (1 Avenue A, Ft Pierce, FL)
DateJune 6-7, 2014 (1 day of fishing)
Website: Treasurecoastlionfishsafari.com
Contact: Bob Hickerson
Email:
thefrapper001@gmail.com
Number of participants: 24
Number of lionfish caught: 581
Largest lionfish caught: 399 mm
Smallest lionfish caught: 97 mm

 

St. Vincent and the Grenadines Fisherman's Day Lionfish Derby





Location
:
Mainland St. Vincent
Date:
June 9, 2014 (1 day of fishing)
Contact email:
fishdiv@vincysurf.com
Number of participants: 36
Number of lionfish caught: 989
Largest lionfish caught: 410 mm
Smallest lionfish caught: 33 mm

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