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.  Sanctioned Derbies alone have removed over 12,600 lionfish! 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

 

The Annual American Family Life Lionfish Tournament and Jupiter Riverwalk 5-K Run







Location: Harbourside Place Shopping Mall and Marina, Jupiter, FL 33477
Date: Televised Event Saturday & Sunday September 17th & 18th, 2016
Contact: Dr. Woodie Thomas and Danielle Atwood
Website:http://americanfamilylife.com/
 

1st Annual TCRF/DECR Providenciales Lionfish Derby

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Location:  Turtle Cove Marina, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands
Date:  October 29th, 2016
Contact:  Don Stark
Email: donstark@tcreef.org
Website: www.tcreef.org
 

1st Annual TCRF/DECR Grand Turk/South Caicos Lionfish Derby

 



Location:  The Library, Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands
Date:  November 5th, 2016
Contact:  Don Stark
Email: donstark@tcreef.org
Website: www.tcreef.org

 

Bermuda Fall Lionfish Safari

 



Location:  Bermuda
Date:  November 11th-13th, 2016
Contact:  Weldon Wade
Email: weldon.wade@gmail.com
Website: www.bermudalionfish.com/fallsafari

Past REEF Sanctioned Lionfish Derbies


Gold Coast Lionfish Derby
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Location:  Waterstone Resort and Marina. 999 Camino Real Boca Raton FL 33431
Date:  June 18th, 2016
Contact:  Sean Meadows (561-368-2155)
Email: worldofscubafl@gmail.com
Number of Participants: 32
Number of Lionfish Caught: 655
Largest Lionfish Caught: 434 mm
Smallest Lionfish Caught: 82 mm
 

Sebastian Lionfish Fest

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Location:  Captain Hiram's 1606 Indian River Dr, Sebastian, FL 32958
Date:  May 14th, 2016
Contact: Kendra Cope
Email:kcope@ircgov.com 
Number of participants: 16
Number of lionfish caught: 31
Largest lionfish caught: 384 mm
Smallest lionfish caught: 26 mm
 
 

5th Annual Mayreau Regatta Lionfish Derby

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Location:  Saline Bay, Mayreau, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Date:  Friday, April 29th 2016
Contact:  Nancy Saul-Demers
Email: nancyandlorne@gmail.com
Number of participants: 15
Number of lionfish caught: 208
Largest lionfish caught: 415 mm
Smallest lionfish caught: 113 mm

Barbados International Lionfish Derby






Location: Carlisle Bay and Speightstown, Barbados
Date: December 5-6, 2015
Contact: Scott Clarke
Email: barbadoslionfishweek2015@outlook.com
Website: www.barbadoslionfishderby.com
Number of participants: 50
Number of lionfish caught: 807
Largest lionfish caught: 440 mm
Smallest lionfish caught: 100 mm

SFAEP Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center Lionfish Tournament

 





Location: John Lloyd State Park, Dania Beach, Florida
Date: September 26, 2015
Contact: Erik Neugaard
Email:eneugaard@coastalsystemsint.com
Website:https://eventbrite.com/event/16195404892
Number of participants: 16
Number of lionfish caught: 166
Largest lionfish caught: 411 mm
Smallest lionfish caught: 60 mm

St. Lucia Divers Association






Location: West Coast of St. Lucia
Date: September 27, 2015
Contact: Donovan Brown
Emaildonovanbx@gmail.com
Number of participants: 26
Number of lionfish caught: 693
Largest lionfish caught: 420 mm
Smallest lionfish caught: 70 mm

Treasure Coast Lionfish Safari






Location: Fort Pierce Marina, Fort Pierce, Florida
Date: September 12, 2015
Contact: Bob Hickerson
Emailthefrapper001@gmail.com
Website: www.TreasureCoastLionfishSafari.com
Number of participants: 11
Number of lionfish caught: 197
Largest lionfish caught: 415 mm
Smallest lionfish caught: 102 mm

3rd Annual Jacksonville Lionfish Derby

 




LocationJacksonville Beach Marina Jacksonville, FL
DateAugust 8th, 2015
ContactWalt Quinn
Number of participants: 29
Number of lionfish caught: 2,583
Largest lionfish caught: 446 mm
Smallest lionfish caught: 43 mm

The Woody Foundation 5th Annual Lionfish Bash






Location: Biscayne Bay Yacht Club 2540 South Bayshore Dr. Miami, FL
Date:  July 25th, 2015
Contact: Lucy Foerster

Gold Coast Lionfish Derby






Location: Waterstone Resort and Marina, 999 Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL 33431
Date: July 24-25, 2015
Contact: Sean Meadows
Email:worldofscubafl@gmail.com
Website:http://world-of-scuba.com/goldcoastlionfishderby.com
Number of participants: 18
Number of lionfish caught: 379
Largest lionfish caught: 420 mm
Smallest lionfish caught: 93 mm

Sarasota Lionfish Derby






Location: Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, FL
Date: July 11-12 (Alternate Dates: August 1-2)
Contact: Allie ElHage
Email:ZooKeeperLCU@gmail.com
Number of participants: 24
Number of lionfish caught: 456
Largest lionfish caught: 418 mm
Smallest lionfish caught: 122 mm

Andrew "Red" Harris Foundation Lionfish Derby





Location: Harbourside Place, 200 North US Highway One, Jupiter, FL.
Date: July 11, 2015
Contact:
Piper/Bailey Goebel
Email:
dan@Nativespearit.com
Website:
http://andrewredharrisfoundation.org/
Number of participants: 26
Number of lionfish caught: 119
Largest lionfish caught: 406 mm
Smallest lionfish caught: 148 mm
MCAC Lionfish Round-Up






Location:  Jupiter Pointe Club & Marina
Date:  May 29-30, 2015
Contact: Jessica Garland
Number of participants: 57
Number of lionfish caught: 579
Largest lionfish caught: 444.5 mm
Smallest lionfish caught: 108 mm

Treasure Coast Lionfish Safari






Location: Fort Pierce City Marina, FL
Date: May 16-17, 2015
Contact: Bob Hickerson
Email:thefrapper001@gmail.com
Website:http://www.treasurecoastlionfishsafari.com/

Richard Warren Rydell Memorial Lionfish Derby






Location: Crandon Park Marina, Key Biscayne
Date: May 16, 2015
Contact: Erik Neugaard
Email:erik.neugaard@rsandh.com
Website:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/richard-warren-rydell-memorial-lionfish-derby-tickets-16194176217

Reef Builders Lionfish Round-Up






Location: Jupiter Pointe Bar and Grill, Jupiter, FL
Date: May 30, 2015
Contact: Jessica Garland
Email:info@mcacreefs.org
Website:http://www.mclionfish.com/

4th Annual Mayreau Regatta Lionfish Derby






Location: Saline Bay, Mayreau, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Date: May 1, 2015
Contact: Nancy Saul-Demers
Email: nancyandlorne@gmail.com
Website: https://www.facebook.com/mayreau.regatta

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

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
Number of lionfish caught
:
651
Largest lionfish caught: 420 mm
Smallest lionfish caught: 53 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: 25
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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