Join us for REEF's 11th Annual Upper Keys Lionfish Derby & Festival
hosted by Postcard Inn, Islamorada

IMPORTANT NOTE: We will keep you updated on potential postponement or cancellation of the 2020 Upper Keys Derby and Festival due to COVID-19.

Hopefully we will see you there.
Until then Stay Safe and Healthy!

Upper Keys Derby Schedule 

Late Registration:

Friday, September 11, 2020 from 5:30-6:30pm 
REEF Headquarters; 98300 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL, 33037

Team Registration Online WaiversUpper Keys Derby Rules

Captain's Meeting:

Friday, September 11, 2020 from 6:30-7:30pm 
REEF Headquarters; 98300 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL, 33037         

***The Captain's Meeting is mandatory for the team captains, and all team members are encouraged to attend. The team captain must be one of the four participants in the derby, but does not need to be the captain of the boat. Safe collecting and handling techniques and derby rules and permits will be reviewed. IMPORTANT: This year we are allowing for remote attendance of the Captain's Meeting via Go To Meeting (details will be emailed out). Remote attendance of the captains meeting IS NOT allowed for teams that will be fishing in the areas that fall under the FKNMS, FWC, and Pennekamp derby permits. To get approval to attend the captains meeting remotely a member of the team must call REEF Headquarters and speak with Alli Candelmo 305 852 0030***  

Saturday September 12, 2020 Sunrise: Teams may begin collecting lionfish

Sunday September 12, 2020 Sunrise to 1:00 pm 

Sunday September 12, 2020, 1:00 pm All lionfish must be turned into the scoring station (Postcard Inn Marina)

Registration cost: $120.00 per team (minimum 2 people per team, maximum 4 people)

Pay Registration Fee


Sunday September 13, 2020 at Postcard Inn, 84001 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036
12:00-4:00 pm: Scoring and public activities including lionfish tastings
Awards will immediately follow scoring (3:30 pm)    

Lionfish scoring, fillet and dissection demonstrations, Lionfish tastings, games, raffle prizes and other activities will start at 12:00PM and are open to public. Chefs will be providing lionfish cooking demostrations and tastings at the Tiki Bar. 

We are inviting local nonprofits, government organizations and artisinal vendors to set up a booth at the event.  

Vendor Application

Teams Can Sell Your Fish
Teams with a FWC Saltwater Fishing License will have the option to sell a portion of their lionfish after the scoring at the derby. If you don't have your license apply for it today online.

Teams will receive a raffle ticket for every five fish they donate towards the derby

Special Thanks to our 2020 Sponsors and Hosts!

Activities occurred within NOAA Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary under permit