Get Involved to Remove Florida Lionfish

Divers can help by harvesting lionfish and non-divers can help by spreading awareness and eating lionfish. Learn more ways to get involved.

Compete for the Crown!

2019 Lionfish Challenge

Participate in the Lionfish Challenge and win harvesting gear or cash prizes for harvesting lionfish from May 18 – Sep. 2.

Lionfish Removal & Awareness Festival

May 2018

Celebrate Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day festival and compete in the Emerald Coast Open tournament May 18-19, 2019 in Destin.

2019 Lionfish Challenge

Thank you to our sponsors!

The Lionfish Challenge rewards harvesters with prizes for their lionfish removals. This year, participants who submitted the largest and smallest lionfish were eligible to receive up to $3,000 in cash prizes thanks to support from sponsors: American Sportfishing Association, Yamaha Motor Company, Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County and National Marine Manufacturers Association. Thanks to these and the Lionfish Challenge Raffle sponsors including Florida Underwater Sports, Toothless Life, Lionator Pole Spears, Neritic Diving, Stream2Sea, ZooKeeper and Customatic Optics. The Lionfish Challenge could not be possible without your help.

And the 2019 Lionfish Challenge winners are....


  • Recreational Category
  • First place Lionfish King: Ken Ayers, Bay County, 1,194 removed.
  • Second place: John McCain, Gilchrist County, 983 removed.
  • Third place: Shea Lowe, Escambia County, 942 removed.
  • Commercial Category
  • First place Commercial Champion: Joshua Livingston, Okaloosa County, 3,192.8 lbs. removed.
  • Second place: Ron Surrency, Duval County, 1,720 lbs. removed.
  • Third place: Alex Fogg, Okaloosa County, 1,210.5 lbs. removed.
  • Largest Lionfish
  • First place: Ron Surrency, Duval County, 433 mm.
  • Second place: Joshua Livingston, Okaloosa County, 420 mm.
  • Third place: Koa Viravong, Pinellas County, 414 mm.
  • Smallest Lionfish
  • First place: Nikkie Cox, Franklin County, 37 mm.
  • Second place: Ken Ayers, Bay County, 45 mm.
  • Third place: Alex Fogg, Okaloosa County, 52 mm.

Final Stats

  • 23,451 lionfish removed.
  • 349 people registered.
  • 148 people submitted lionfish (134 recreational, 14 commercial).
  • The Lionfish Challenge ran from May 18-Sept. 2.

Compete for the Crown in the 2019 Lionfish Challenge

  • May 18 – Sep. 2
  • Recreational and Commercial diver categories
  • Harvest lionfish & win cash and prizes

Over 590,000 lionfish removed from Florida waters from 2014-2019

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