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 – Nov. 1, 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 (shown on 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

All qualified participants will receive:

  • Commemorative coin
  • Long sleeve, Dri-Fit shirt
  • Feature in the FWC Lionfish Hall of Fame on FWCReefRangers.com

Resource-based Incentives (if qualified before harvest opportunity starts)

  • Spiny lobster – one per person, per day in addition to daily bag limit during 2020 sport season (July 29-30) only. Harvester MUST have commemorative coin in possession to harvest and possess extra spiny lobster.

Each category (recreational and commercial) will have their own Lionfish King/Queen with a 2nd and 3rd place winner.

Lionfish King/Queen (recreational and commercial)

  • 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 (recreational and commercial)

  • Paralenz dive camera
  • $200 for SCUBA nitrox fills

3rd Place Lionfish King/Queen (recreational and commercial)

  • GoPro Hero 8 dive camera
  • $100 for SCUBA nitrox fills

Prize Tiers (recreational/commercial)

  • 50 lionfish/100 lbs – Customized neck gaiter, beach towel, and can koozie
  • 100 lionfish/200 lbs – Customized Nalgene water bottle, Neritic polespear, and fillet knife
  • 200 lionfish/400 lbs – ZooKeeper and Save a Dive Kit
  • 300 lionfish/600 lbs – Customized Engel backpack cooler and Engel Silipint glass
  • 400 lionfish/800 lbs – SCUBA Cylinder and customized SeaDek Mat

Bi-Weekly Raffle Drawings

Mini-Challenges


View photos from the 2016-2020 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 displayed on phone or dive computer, 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.

For a detailed list of checkpoints including contact information and operational hours, view the 2020 Lionfish Challenge Checkpoint Table.

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

Dixie Divers
455 S Federal Highway, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

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
24 Edwards Ave, Brandon, FL 33510

Adventure Outfitters
4316 S Manhattan Ave, 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 Hwy, 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

Scuba Works
351 South US Hwy One, Suite 103, Jupiter, FL 33477

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

Pasco County

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

Scuba West
6815 Tower Drive, Hudson, FL 34667

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

Pinellas Lionfish Tail 2020
10344 51st Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33708

Santa Rosa County

Shark Quest Dive Shop
5614 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, Gulf Breeze, FL 32563

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 8, 2020 (2 winners); July 22, 2020 (4 winners); August 5, 2020 (4 winners); August 19, 2020 (2 winners); September 2, 2020 (2 winners); September 16, 2020 (2 winners); September 30, 2020 (2 winners); October 14, 2020 (4 winners); October 28, 2020 (4 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.

2020 Lionfish Challenge Raffle Bi-Weekly Winners!

Rachel Bowman
Shane Rasch
Robert Simpson
Adreane Culotta
Russel Peters
Bob Gamble
Daniel Fico
Mark Eglington
Trey Lokey
Kelsey Hudson
Peter Angelotti
Brady Hale
Jane Corliss
Dawn Davis
Heather Schaefer
France Mer
Luke Byous
Glen Hoffman
James Spencer
Michael Curry
Mark Konz
Tristan Lennard

Hall of Fame

2020 Lionfish Challenge Final Results!

Recreational

Lionfish King: David Connerth – 1141 Lionfish

2nd Place: Russell Peters – 842 Lionfish

3rd Place: Shane Rasch – 619 Lionfish

Commercial

Commercial Champion: Isidoro Bedoya – 1196.5 lbs.

2nd Place: Josh Livingston – 943 lbs.

3rd Place: Rachel Bowman – 932.75 lbs

Tier 6- 400 lionfish or 800 lbs

John Herrera – 833.7 lbs.
Alex Fogg – 832 lbs.
Ryan Bonhag – 601
Helen Rodney – 566
Randall Davis – 443
Bob Gamble – 427
Jeffrey Pacha – 420
Brooks Feeser – 404
Carlos Orozco – 403
Annie Beattie – 401
Adam Wise – 400

Tier 5- 300 lionfish or 600 lbs

Chip Garber – 722.3 lbs.
Clint Retherford – 303
Nicole Pacha – 302
Curt Matthews – 300

Tier 4- 200 lionfish or 400 lbs

David Garrett – 498 lbs.
Bob Stapleton – 420 lbs.
Tim Watts – 283
Sophia Gumbardo – 263
Brady Hale – 251
Adreane Culotta – 247
Danielle Pierone – 236
Mark Eglington – 220
Harold Davis – 213
Paulo Ullmann – 203
Faustino Botello – 203
Jeff Banzhoff – 202
Dawn Richitt – 200

Tier 3- 100 lionfish or 200 lbs

Brandon Cosenza – 174
Chris Rowell – 163
Jennifer Ford – 161
Stephen Traxler – 151
Danny Ward – 145
France Mer – 121
Jeanna Van Tassel – 119
Michael Hoffman – 105
Edwin Errington – 101
Andrew Bloem – 100

Tier 2- 50 lionfish or 100 lbs

Jack Strieter – 97
Charlene Reedy – 84
Ken Ayers – 82
Heather Perez – 79
Trey Lokey – 70
William Mason – 70
Koa Viravong – 69
Tyler Chute – 67
Kimberly Peterson – 67
Bill Barnes – 66
Casey Panepito – 64
Stuart Montgomery – 59
Samuel Falcon – 56
Sebastian Mejia – 56
Stacey Beasley – 52
Shawn Walker – 50

Tier 1- 20 lionfish or 20 lbs

Jane Corliss – 35.31 lbs.
Justin Smith – 41
Chris Seymore – 40
Sam Chavers – 35
Joe Kuehl – 34
Greg St. Amand – 28
Peter Button – 27
Joseph Head – 26
Derke Snodgrass – 25
Phil Demeo – 22
Christine Raininger – 21
Sarah Hamlyn – 20
Samantha Simpson – 20
Robert Grunwald – 20
Neil Moore – 20
Luke Byous – 20
Todd Finayson – 20
Kat Solis – 20
Ryan Albritton – 20
Cory Walter – 20
Caitlin Albritton – 20
Jonathan Pacha – 20
Paul Fournier – 20
Robert Stackhouse – 20
Samuel Ireland – 20
Tom Vyles – 20
Debbie wolf – 20
Jason Bernier – 20
Alec Viravong – 20
Jenny Davis – 20
Dee Pacha – 20
Andrea Kimbrel – 20
Mark Konz – 20
Richard Dirr – 20
Owen Sloan – 20
Mark Ciesielski – 20
Daniel Fico – 20
Jeff Bernier – 20
Emily Pepperman – 20
Daniel Schauer – 20
Mike Littleton – 20
DJ Moore – 20
Al Johnson – 20
Andora Strieter – 20
Peter Angelotti – 20
Mark Wilson – 20
Phyllis Seymore – 20
Nikkie Cox – 20
Chris Campbell – 20
Tristan Lennard – 20
Bobby Hughes – 20
Jonathan Schrier – 20
Ashley Belford – 20
Cindy King – 20
Tom Wammack – 20
Kelsey Hudson – 20
Hunter Ledbetter – 20
Greg Shamrock – 20
John Beasley – 20
Lucja Rice – 20
Dawn Ross – 20
Teresa Hattaway – 20
Mary Heaton – 20
Melissa Burde – 20
Misty Matthews – 20
Sarah Pierce – 20
Donald Richitt – 20
John McCain – 20
Nichele McDonald – 20
Andrew Cihlar – 20
Heather Schaefer – 20
James Spencer – 20
Robert Simpson – 20
Michael Curry – 20
Stephen Schuler – 20
Julie Cage – 20
Stephen Bouwer – 20
Dawn Davis – 20
Glen Hoffman – 20
Dustin Warner – 20
Brian Reckenbeil – 20
Marco Auson – 20
Kye Daughtry – 20
Stephen Barnes – 20
Alex Rickert – 20


2019 Winners

Lionfish King

Ken Ayers, Jr. – 1,194 Lionfish

Commercial Champion

Josh Livingston – 3,192.8 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



Mini-Challenge #4: Raffle Entry

For the Raffle Entry Mini-Challenge, participants will get one raffle entry per lionfish submitted during the duration of the Mini-Challenge.

Timeline: Sept. 25 (12:01 a.m.) – Oct. 13 (11:59 p.m.), 2020

Prize: Three different names will be drawn, and each winner will receive a Dive Rite Aircell XT steel backplate BCD.

Participant must be registered for the 2020 Lionfish Challenge to participate.

Submission Requirements

Recreational Participants

Participants who have not yet qualified for the 2020 Lionfish Challenge with a submission of 20 lionfish must submit their qualifying lionfish via photo submission to the Harvest Submission Form. Once qualified, tails must be submitted to a checkpoint.

Submit lionfish tails to any of our registered checkpoints.

Checkpoint Submissions:

  • Remove tails leaving a bit of meat attached and place in a plastic sandwich bag(s)
  • Label bag(s) with harvester name, registration number, date of harvest and number of tails
  • Bring tails to local checkpoint for verification of harvest. Checkpoints will retain bags for verification by FWC staff.
  • Complete the 2020 FWC Lionfish Challenge Submission Form
  • Send a copy of the Submission Form to Lionfish@MyFWC.com and the checkpoint will keep the additional copy with tails
  • Checkpoints will also send a copy of the Submission Form to Lionfish@MyFWC.com

Recreational participants will have until Oct. 13, 2020 to submit their tails. Tails submitted after this date will not be accepted for the Raffle Entry Mini-Challenge. They will still be accepted for the Lionfish Challenge.

Commercial Participants

Submit lionfish trip tickets to Lionfish@MyFWC.com. Trips dated from Sept. 25 – Oct. 13, 2020 will be accepted for the Raffle Entry Mini-Challenge. Commercial participants will get one raffle entry per pound of lionfish submitted.

Trip tickets submitted after Oct. 13, 2020 will not be accepted for the Raffle Entry Mini-Challenge. They will still be accepted for the Lionfish Challenge.

Terms and Conditions

FWC will accept:

  • All trip ticket submissions dated from Sept. 25 – Oct. 13, 2020
  • All tail submissions submitted to checkpoints from Sept. 25 – Oct. 13, 2020
  • All qualifying photo submissions with harvest dates between Sept. 25 – Oct. 13, 2020

FWC reserves the right to deny submission if participant fails to fulfill the requirements for verification as described above. FWC is not liable for any incidences that occur during lionfish harvesting trips. Participants must harvest and submit lionfish during the Mini-Challenge timeline in order to be eligible for reward. All final winner decisions will be determined by FWC staff. A participant can only win once. Once a winning name has been drawn, it cannot be drawn again. FWC reserves the right to disqualify any participant if there are any suspicions of a false or edited submission.

Winners

Carlos Orozco
Danny Ward
Annie Beattie

Mini-Challenge #3: Most Lionfish

Timeline: Aug. 21 (12:01 a.m.) – Sept. 1 (11:59 p.m.), 2020

Prize: $500 for each regional winner and $500 for the state-wide commercial winner

Participant must be registered for the 2020 Lionfish Challenge to participate.

Recreational Regions
  • Northwest: Escambia to Wakulla county
  • West: Taylor to Collier county
  • Northeast: Nassau to Indian River county
  • Southeast: St. Lucie to Monroe county

*There are no regions for the commercial participants. The commercial category will have one winner throughout the entire state of Florida.

Submission Requirements

Recreational Participants

Unqualified participants (less than 20 lionfish) must submit their qualifying lionfish via photo submission to the Harvest Submission Form. Once qualified, tails must be submitted to a checkpoint.

Submit lionfish tails to any of our registered checkpoints.

Checkpoint Submissions:

  • Remove tails leaving a bit of meat attached and place in a plastic sandwich bag(s)
  • Label bag(s) with harvester name, registration number, date of harvest and number of tails
  • Bring tails to local checkpoint for verification of harvest. Checkpoints will retain bags for verification by FWC staff.
  • Complete the 2020 FWC Lionfish Challenge Submission Form
  • Send a copy of the Submission Form to Lionfish@MyFWC.com and the checkpoint will keep the additional copy with tails
  • Checkpoints will also send a copy of the Submission Form to Lionfish@MyFWC.com

Recreational participants will have until Sept. 1, 2020 to submit their tails. Tails submitted after this date will not be accepted for the Most Lionfish Mini-Challenge. They will still be accepted for the Lionfish Challenge.

Commercial Participants

Submit lionfish trip tickets to Lionfish@MyFWC.com. Trips dated from Aug. 21 – Sept. 1, 2020 will be accepted for the Most Lionfish Mini-Challenge.

Rewards

The recreational participants who submit the most lionfish tails to checkpoints between Aug. 21 – Sept. 1 in each specified region will be rewarded with a cash prize of $500. The commercial participant who submits the most pounds of lionfish through trip tickets within the Most Lionfish Mini-Challenge timeline will be rewarded with a cash prize of $500.

Terms and Conditions

FWC will accept all trip ticket submissions dated from Aug. 21 – Sept. 1, 2020. FWC will accept all tail submissions submitted to checkpoints from Aug. 21 – Sept. 1, 2020. Tails must be submitted within those dates to be eligible for the Most Lionfish Mini-Challenge.

FWC reserves the right to deny submission if participant fails to fulfill the requirements for verification as described above. FWC is not liable for any incidences that occur during lionfish harvesting trips. Participants must harvest lionfish during the Mini-Challenge timeline in order to be eligible for reward. Only the participants who harvest and submit the most lionfish between Aug. 21 – Sept. 1, 2020 will receive the top reward for each region. A participant cannot be a winner in multiple regions. All final winner decisions will be determined by FWC staff. FWC reserves the right to disqualify any participants if there are any suspicions of a false or edited submission.

Winners

Northeast Region: Russell Peters – 705 lionfish
Southeast Region: Shane Rasch – 241 lionfish
West Region: Jennifer Ford-Cote – 105 lionfish
Northwest Region: Bob Gamble – 61 lionfish
Commercial: Isidoro Bedoya – 174 lbs

Mini-Challenge #2: Largest Lionfish

Timeline: July 3 (12:01 a.m.) – July 13 (11:59 p.m.), 2020

Prize: Shearwater Perdix Dive Computer

Participant must be registered for the 2020 Lionfish Challenge to participate.

Lionfish Measurement:

  • Use a metric fish board or metric measuring tape secured to a flat surface. The tape should run parallel to the fish’s midline from snout to tail. Measure the total length of the lionfish: obtain fish length from the tip of the snout to the longest point on the tail (caudal fin). Ensure that the specimen’s mouth is closed during measurement. (See example photo)
  • The length of the fish must be measured in millimeters. Lionfish must be laid flat with the tip of the mouth closed at 0.00 mm.
  • Lionfish must be retained in a freezer until a winner is determined in case of any discrepancies in the submission. Upon conclusion of the Mini-Challenge and announcements are made, you may dispose of your lionfish.

Measurement Video (Required):

  • Video should contain the fish laid out properly on the measuring tape, clearly showing the measurement in millimeters, the date shown on a phone, tablet or dive computer, and the diver with a piece of paper showing the divers name and registration number. Video should not exceed 30 seconds.
  • Submit video to Mini-Challenge #2 – Largest Lionfish Dropbox Folder: https://www.dropbox.com/request/J846fOMfZLnqw7rKBfRF
  • Video title must be in this format: Registration#_FirstNameLastName (ex. 162_JaneDoe)

Photo Submission (Optional):

  • A photo of the diver and fish laid out properly on the measuring board/tape.
  • Photo will not be used to determine the length of the fish. This photo submission will be for use on social media and the FWC Reef Rangers website.

Submit Largest Lionfish Challenge Submission Form and photo via e-mail to Lionfish@MyFWC.com.

All registered divers who harvest a lionfish over 400 mm in length will be rewarded with a customized Reef Rangers 10L dry bag. Only one prize will be awarded to each participant who submits lionfish larger than 400 mm.

Terms and Conditions

FWC reserves the right to deny submission if participant fails to fulfill the requirements for verification as described above. FWC is not liable for any incidences that occur during the lionfish harvesting trips. Participants must harvest lionfish during the Mini-Challenge timeline in order to be eligible for reward. Only the participant who harvests the largest lionfish will receive the top reward. Participants who qualify for the over 400 mm category will only receive one prize regardless the number of lionfish submitted. All final winner decisions will be determined by FWC staff. FWC reserves the right to disqualify any participant if there are any suspicions of a false or edited submission.

Click Here for a printable version of the rules and terms.

Winner: Josh Livingston

Mini-Challenge #1

The first 25 participants to qualify for the Lionfish Challenge will be entered into a drawing to win a YETI Panga Dry Backpack and three winners will be drawn.

Mini-Challenge 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

Winners

Chris Campbell
Sarah Peirce
Michael Curry

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