Lionfish Challenge

2020 Lionfish Challenge

Lionfish Challenge Removal Incentive Program

Goal: To encourage and reward recreational and commercial divers for removing lionfish from Florida waters.


Timeline: May 22 – Sept. 7, 2020

Overview:

  • Statewide program
  • Recreational and commercial participant categories
  • Checkpoints located statewide for harvest submission
  • Tiered prize system to encourage continued harvest
  • Cash prizes
  • Bi-weekly raffle with variety of prizes
  • Mini challenges
How to Qualify
  • All participants required to register prior to participation

Recreational Category

  • Harvest 20 or more lionfish
  • Submit photo of harvest
    • Photo requirement: Include harvester name, date of harvest displayed on cell phone or dive computer, and signature. Lionfish must be displayed clearly for staff to obtain an accurate individual count.
    • Note: FWC reserves the right to deny submission if participant fails to fulfill the requirements for verification as described above.
  • Submit tails (after first 20) to checkpoint (listed below and online)
    • Place tails in a plastic sandwich bag(s): include harvester name, phone number, date of harvest, and number of tails.
    • Complete the 2020 FWC Lionfish Challenge Submission Form. Checkpoints will retain bags for verification by FWC staff.
    • Send a copy of the Submission Form to Lionfish@MyFWC.com and keep an additional copy with tails.

Commercial Category

  • Participants with active Saltwater Products License and lionfish sales within the last year will automatically be included in this category.
  • Submit photo of electronic trip tickets
    • Trip ticket requirement: harvester name, date of harvest, amount harvested (lbs), and signature
Rewards

Lionfish King/Queen (recreational and commercial; most lionfish individually/by weight)

  • Lionfish King/Queen Trophy
  • Feature Article in FWC’s January 2021 Saltwater Regulations Publication
  • Featured prominently in the FWC Lionfish Hall of Fame on the FWC Reef Rangers website
  • “Say Cheese” feature in Dive Training Magazine
  • Perdix Dive Computer
  • $300 for SCUBA Nitrox fills

2nd Place Lionfish King/Queen

  • Paralenz Dive Camera
  • $200 for SCUBA Nitrox fills

3rd Place Lionfish King/Queen

  • GoPro Hero 8 Dive Camera
  • $100 for SCUBA Nitrox fills

Prize Tiers

  • Qualify: 20 fish/lbs – Commemorative coin and long sleeve Dri-Fit shirt
  • 50 fish/100 lbs – Customized neck gaiter, beach towel, and can koozie
  • 100 fish/200 lbs – Customized Nalgene water bottle, Neritic polespear, fillet knife
  • 200 fish/400 lbs – ZooKeeper and Save a Dive Kit
  • 300 fish/600 lbs – Customized Engel backpack cooler, Engel Silipint glass
  • 400 fish/800 lbs – SCUBA Cylinder, customized SeaDek mat

The Lionfish Challenge commemorative coin allows participant one spiny lobster, per day, in addition to the daily bag limit during the 2020 sport season (July 29-30) only. Harvester must have commemorative coin in possession to harvest and possess extra spiny lobster.

View photos from the 2016-2019 Lionfish Challenge

All participants must register for the 2020 Lionfish Challenge prior to submitting lionfish to the program.

How to submit your harvest to the 2020 Lionfish Challenge:

If you are a Recreational participant:

  • Instructions for harvest submission up to 20 lionfish:
    • Take photo of lionfish and submit through the electronic Harvest Submission form below.
      • Photo requirement: Include harvester name, date of harvest, and signature. Lionfish must be displayed clearly for staff to obtain an accurate count.
  • Instructions for harvest submission after first 20 lionfish:
    • Remove tails from lionfish and bring to a local checkpoint
      • Tail submission requirement: Remove tails and place in a plastic sandwich bag. Include harvester name, phone number, date of harvest, and number of tails.
    • Checkpoint staff must complete the 2020-Lionfish-Challenge-Submission-Form and send a copy to Lionfish@MyFWC.com.
    • Checkpoints will retain bag of tails and a copy of the submission form for verification by FWC staff.

If you are a Commercial participant:

  • Submit photo or copy of trip ticket through the electronic Harvest Submission form below.
    • Trip ticket requirement: Include harvester name, date of harvest, amount harvested (lbs.), and signature.

Note: FWC reserves the right to deny submission if participant fails to fulfill the requirements for verification as described above.

 

All participants must register prior to submitting their harvest.

Purpose: Recreational harvesters, after submission of their first 20 lionfish, must remove lionfish tails, place in plastic bag(s), complete the 2020 Lionfish Challenge Submission Form and bring to local checkpoint for verification of harvest. Checkpoints will retain tails and send a copy of the form to Lionfish@MyFWC.com for harvest submission.

Interested in participating as a 2020 Lionfish Challenge checkpoint? Contact Lionfish@MyFWC.com for more information and instructions.



Bay County

Diver’s Den
3120 Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach, FL 32408

Dive Locker
1010 Thomas Drive, Panama City, FL 32408

Panama City Dive Center
4823 Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach, FL 32408

Brevard County

Hatts Diving Headquarters
2006 Front Street, Melbourne, FL 32901

Broward County

Force-E Scuba Center – Pompano Beach
1312 North Federal Highway, Pompano Beach, FL 33431

No Shenanigans Diving
1324 N University Drive, Coral Springs, FL 33071

Divers Cove
2335 S University Drive, Davie, FL 33324

Citrus County

Crystal River Watersports
2380 N Suncoast Boulevard, Crystal River, FL 34428

Bird’s Underwater
320 NW US Highway 19, Crystal River, FL 34428

Dixie County

Above SeaHorse Reef
16812 SE Highway 19, Cross City, FL 32628

Escambia County

Escambia County DMR
3363 W. Park Place, Pensacola, FL 32505

Dive Pros
7203 US-98, Pensacola, FL 32506

Hillsborough County

Woods and Water Scuba
124 Edwards Avenue, Brandon, FL 33510

Adventure Outfitters
4316 S. Manhattan Avenue, Tampa, FL 33611

Lee County

Captain Pete’s Diving Outfitters
1413 Colonial Boulevard, Ft. Myers

Dean’s Dive Center, Inc.
16964 Alico Mission Way, Fort Myers 33098

Manatee County

Scuba Quest
3318 Manatee Avenue W, Bradenton, FL 34205

Martin County

Deep Six Dive & Watersports – Stuart
2525 NW Federal Highway, Stuart, FL 34994

Stuart Dive Shop
3317 SE Federal Highway, Stuart, FL 33497

Miami-Dade County

Austin’s Diving Center
10525 S Dixie Highway, Miami, FL 33156

Tarpoon Lagoon Dive Center
300 Alton Road Suite 110, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Monroe County

Tildens Scuba Center
4650 Overseas Highway, Marathon, FL 33050

Florida Keys Diving Center
90451 Old Highway, Tavernier, FL 33070

Captain’s Corner Dive Center
125 Ann Street, Key West, FL 33040

Finz Dive Center
5130 Overseas Highway, Key West, FL 33040

Divers Direct (Key Largo)
99621 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL 33037

Okaloosa County

Discovery Dive World – Valparaiso
92 S John Sims Parkway, Valparaiso, FL 32580

ScubaTech of NW Florida
301 Harbor Boulevard (Highway 98), Destin

Palm Beach County

Force-E Scuba Center – Boca Raton
2621 North Federal Highway, Boca Raton, FL 33431

Boynton Beach Dive Center
212 S Federal Highway, Boynton Beach, FL 33435

Narcosis Dive Company
200 E 13th Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33404

Florida Scuba Divers
635 Northlake Boulevard, North Palm Beach, FL 33408

Scuba Works
351 South US HWY 1, Suite 103, Jupiter, FL 33477

Pasco County

Super Sports And Scuba
7129 US-19, New Port Richey, FL 34652

Pinellas County

Jim’s Dive Shop
9385 Bay Pines Boulevard, St. Petersburg, FL 33708

Mac’s Sports Inc. Clearwater
2126 Drew Street, Clearwater, FL 33765

Heroes Dive Center
2109 Main St. A, Dunedin

Sunshine Scuba School – Largo
1901 West Bay Drive Suite 10, Largo, FL 33770

Sarasota County

Venice Dive Center
902 S Tamiami Trail, Nokomis, FL 34275

Florida Underwater Sports
6920 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231

St. Johns County

iDive Florida
854 Anastasia Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32080

St. Lucie County

Dive Odyssea
621 N 2nd Street, Fort Pierce, FL 34950

Volusia County

Discover Diving Dive Center LLC
92 Dunlawton Avenue, Port Orange, FL 32127

Spruce Creek Scuba
1646 Taylor Road, Port Orange, FL 32128

Wakulla County

Wakulla Diving Center
2784 Coastal Highway, Crawfordville, FL 32327

Lionfish Challenge Raffle Rules

  1. This contest is the being conducted by the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida, Inc., a 501(c)(3) corporation located at P.O. Box 11010, Tallahassee, FL 32302.
  2. Winners of the raffle drawing are eligible to receive one of a number of prizes
  3. Current employees of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are NOT ELIGIBLE to apply for or win any of the Lionfish Challenge raffle prizes.
  4. There is no cost to enter to win. To be eligible to win the participant must complete a Harvest Submission Form and upload a photo of their first 20 lionfish harvested in Florida waters to FWCReefRangers.com.
  5. Participants will receive one raffle entry upon completion of Harvest Submission Form.
  6. Participants cannot win multiple raffle prizes during the Lionfish Challenge.
  7. Winners will be randomly drawn, by 10AM ET on the following dates: June 10, 2020 (2 winners); June 24, 2020 (2 winners); July 3, 2020 (2 winners); July 22, 2020 (4 winners); August 5, 2020 (4 winners); August 19, 2020 (2 winners); September 2, 2020 (2 winners); Drawings will be made at the office of the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida, Inc., using a computer program designed for random selection. The winner will be notified via email and will have five (5) business days after notification to verify their shipping address. Otherwise it will be offered to the next alternate selected in the drawing.
  8. Raffle prizes are awarded to winners in the order they were drawn. Raffle prizes are NOT exchangeable.
  9. Participants may choose not to accept their raffle prize. In this instance the raffle prize will be entered back into the prize pool and the participant will have forfeited their entry into the drawing.
  10. Void where prohibited by law.
  11. The Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reserves the right to use photographs of and quotes from the winner in publications and video presentations. Raffle winners may be showcased on FWCReefRangers.com and Facebook.com/fwcreefrangers.
  12. Prizes are taxable and will be reported to the IRS as appropriate. Please check with your tax advisor should you have any questions.

Hall of Fame

2019 Winners

Recreational Winners

Lionfish King: Ken Ayers, Jr. – 1,194 Lionfish

2nd Place: John McCain – 983 Lionfish

3rd Place: Shea Lowe – 942 Lionfish

Commercial Winners

Commercial Champion: Josh Livingston – 3,192.8 lbs

2nd Place: Ron Surrency – 1,720 lbs

3rd Place: Alex Fogg – 1,210.5 lbs

2018 Winners

Lionfish King

John McCain – 1,137 Lionfish

Commercial Champion

Ron Surrency – 5,017 lbs


2017 Winners

Lionfish King

Ken Ayers, Jr. – 1,250 Lionfish

Commercial Champion

Josh Livingston – 4,560 lbs


2016 Winners

Lionfish King

David Garrett – 3,324 Lionfish



All Mini-Challenges will be announced via e-mail. Please monitor your e-mail closely as some of the Mini-Challenges are time sensitive.

Mini-Challenge #1

The first 25 participants to submit their qualifying fish will be entered into a drawing to win a YETI Panga Dry Backpack. Three winners will be drawn. This challenge is open to recreational and commercial participants. Commercial participants can submit a photo of their first 20 lionfish to the Harvest Submission Form found under the Harvest Submission tab. This submission qualifies them for this Mini-Challenge.

Mini-Challenge #1 Raffle Rules

  1. This contest is being conducted by the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida, Inc., a 501(c)(3) corporation located at P.O. Box 11010, Tallahassee, FL 32302.
  2. Winners of the raffle drawing are eligible to receive one of a number of prizes.
  3. Current employees of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are NOT ELIGIBLE to apply for or win any of the Lionfish Challenge raffle prizes.
  4. There is no cost to enter to win. To be eligible to win, the participant must complete a Harvest Submission Form and upload a photo of their first 20 lionfish harvested in Florida waters to FWCReefRangers.com.
  5. The first 25 participants to submit their qualifying fish will be eligible to win. The mini-challenge raffle will conclude after the first 25 submissions.
  6. Participants will receive one raffle entry upon completion of Harvest Submission Form.
  7. Three winners will be randomly drawn once 25 participants have submitted their qualifying fish. Drawings will be made at the office of the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida, Inc., using a computer program designed for random selection. The winner will be notified via email and will have five (5) business days after notification to verify their shipping address. Otherwise it will be offered to the next alternate selected in the drawing.
  8. Raffle prizes are awarded to winners in the order they were drawn. Raffle prizes are NOT exchangeable.
  9. Participants may choose not to accept their raffle prize. In this instance the raffle prize will be entered back into the prize pool and the participant will have forfeited their entry into the drawing.
  10. Void where prohibited by law.
  11. The Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reserves the right to use photographs of and quotes from the winner in publications and video presentations. Raffle winners may be showcased on FWCReefRangers.com and Facebook.com/fwcreefrangers.
  12. Prizes are taxable and will be reported to the IRS as appropriate. Please check with your tax advisor should you have any questions

Interested in sponsoring or participating as a checkpoint?