FWC inviting divers and vendors to Lionfish removal event

Mark your calendars: the 2020 Lionfish Removal & Awareness Festival is Sept 12-13 in Destin

Invasive species, nonnative to Florida (Keith Mille, 2010)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is announcing the sixth annual Lionfish Removal and Awareness Festival Sept.12 and 13 at AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar and HarborWalk Village in Destin.

Nonnative, invasive lionfish have infiltrated state waters and are negatively impacting Florida’s reefs and wildlife. These fish not only prey on native saltwater species, they also compete for food with economically important species such as grouper and snapper.

Activities will include fillet demonstrations; family-friendly games and activities; art, diving and conservation booths; and the world’s largest lionfish spearfishing tournament, the Emerald Coast Open. As we continue to monitor COVID-19, visit FWCReefRangers.com for updates.

Interested in having a booth at the event? Apply today.

Do you harvest lionfish? Register for the Emerald Coast Open lionfish tournament.

Become a volunteer or sponsor by visiting EmeraldCoastOpen.com. Thanks to our Gold sponsor, Reef Safe Suncare.

The 2020 Lionfish Challenge removal incentive program began May 22 and will continue through Labor Day, Sept. 7.  Register today at FWCReefRangers.com.


Contact the FWC Division of Marine Fisheries Management at 850-487-0554 or email Lionfish@MyFWC.com.


Support Florida lionfish control programs by purchasing new Rep Your Water lionfish hats at Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida.



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