The last day of the Lionfish Challenge is Labor Day (Sept. 3), but there is still time to earn prizes; submit your harvest or find a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) tagged lionfish. The next person to find an FWC-tagged lionfish in Atlantic waters will receive a cash prize of $5,000, so make sure you visit public artificial reefs off Duval, Martin, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, St. Johns and Volusia counties this week.
As this year’s Challenge comes to a close, we invite all participants, and anyone interested in the current and future management of lionfish, to attend the 2018 Lionfish Summit, Oct. 2-4 in Cocoa Beach. Register today, view the agenda, and more at MyFWC.com/LionfishSummit. The discounted hotel rate is only available through Sept. 2, so book today if you are interested in attending.
Recent Tagged Lionfish Winners
Aug. 11, Duval County: Robert Stackhouse, Isidoro Bedoya, John Thomas, $500
The Lionfish Challenge rewards lionfish harvesters with prizes for their lionfish removals, tagged or not. The tagged lionfish component is new this year and includes cash prizes up to $5,000. Lionfish were tagged at 50 public artificial reefs across the state between the depths of 80-120 feet.
Tagged lionfish may be worth either cash or product-based prizes and can be found off the following counties: Bay, Duval, Escambia, Franklin, Martin, Miami-Dade, Okaloosa, Palm Beach, Pinellas, St. Johns and Volusia.
Sign up and learn more today by visiting MyFWC.com/Lionfish.