Join our 2023 Florida Keys Lionfish Sweeps! 

Steady removal of Lionfish from our local reefs can help protect native fish species & ensure a balanced ecosystem

Participants can remove Invasive Lionfish from April to June 2023 for entry into cash raffles & final cash prizes

Lionfish can be dropped off at REEF Campus 9AM-5PM Monday-Friday

Final Results will be announced & raffles will be drawn at Sharkey's Sharkbite Grille Rockin' the Dock -  July 2023

Prizes - To be announced soon! 

 

Florida Keys Lionfish Sweep Rules

  • Participants can sign up and sign waivers during their first drop off of lionfish between April 1 - June 30 2023
  • Entry is free (all lionfish must be donated) 
  • This is an individual competition, Lionfish must be harvested by the person credited for the harvest
  • Lionfish can be captured from anywhere (legal) but must be dropped off at REEF Campus 
  • Lionfish must be caught between April-June
  • No previously caught or frozen lionfish will be allowed
  • Please turn in all lionfish fresh on ice for consumption
  • Only legal means of capture in areas allowing use of those gear types will be allowed. All existing federal, state, and local laws must be followed
  • All lionfish must be in whole condition 
  • Lionfish will be used for sampling, research, or culinary tasting events
  • Weekend drop times and alternate times may be available upon request email lionfish@REEF.org
  • Lionfish are venomous & should be handled with care with protective gloves & containment devices
  • It is recommended that divers carry first aid kits, hot water and/or heat packs when collecting lionfish
  • All participants operate under the honor system for this conservation effort and are responsible for compliance with the rules.
Any violation of these rules will result in disqualification and forfeiture of prizes and cash awards, and at the sole discretion of the tournament officials may lead to prohibited from entry in any future tournaments.