REEF, with the ongoing support of local businesses, is continuing its monthly lionfish contest that awards both groups (shops, clubs, teams) and individuals who turn in the most lionfish each month. This is a fun competition to encourage ongoing removals of invasive lionfish.
Stacey Sheldon (individual) and Horizon Divers (group) led the efforts in February as 42 lionfish were turned in during the month. Key Dives was the lucky random drawing winner . A special thanks goes out to contest award sponsors Shipwrecks Bar & Grill and Papa John’s Pizza for donating February’s prizes. The Buzzards Roost Restaurant sponsored January’s prizes.
To enter the contest, divers simply bring their lionfish in to REEF HQ (MM 98.3) during office hours in a ziplock bag along with basic collection information (location, date, name, etc).
Lionfish can be turned in throughout the month, with scores tallied the first week of the following month. Participants are eligible for giveaway drawings even if they do not win the monthly contest. Goals of the contest are to increase community awareness and participation in invasive lionfish removals.