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Catch Some Summer Fun! Multiple Ways to Get Involved in FWC Lionfish Programs

The battle continues, join your fellow lionfish hunters to remove these invasive species! Participate in the annual Lionfish Challenge, a summer-long incentive program that runs through Labor Day (Sept. 2). Submit the most lionfish to become Florida’s next Lionfish King/Queen or Commercial Champion and target lionfish of all sizes for your chance to win up to $3,000 in cash!

Coined the worst marine invasion to date, these voracious nonnative predators pose a threat to native species and ecosystems.

To participate in the 2019 Lionfish Challenge, register at FWCReefRangers.com. Participants can compete in either the recreational or commercial category.

Qualify for the Challenge by submitting 25 or more lionfish (25lbs. for commercial) and get rewarded with a 2019 Challenge performance t-shirt, commemorative coin, and opportunity to harvest an additional spiny lobster during the two-day sport season. Additional submissions of lionfish tails must be brought to a statewide checkpoint listed on FWCReefRangers.com (recreational category) or trip tickets can be submitted online (commercial category). Submitting lionfish will earn you additional prizes including customized apparel, harvesting gear, Costa sunglasses, Engel Coolers, and more.

Cash prizes of up to $3,000 will be awarded to participants who submit the largest and smallest lionfish in this year’s Challenge. Thanks to our generous sponsors American Sportfishing Association, Yamaha Motors, National Marine Manufacturers Association, and Marine Industries of Palm Beach County for making this incentive possible!

Are you a charter captain? Assist the FWC Lionfish Control Team as a participant in the Lionfish Harvest Charter Program. The program incentivizes dive charters who conduct lionfish-specific harvesting trips.

Rather stay on dry land? Be the messenger! The Lionfish Educational Exhibit Program provides financial assistance to public facilities in Florida with an interest in creating or updating educational lionfish exhibits. For more information and to apply, visit MyFWC.com/Lionfish.

Help preserve Florida’s marine ecosystems and remove more lionfish in 2019. Happy lionfish hunting!

Top: Harvest Charter Program participants show off their lionfish catch! Photo courtesy of Blue Water Escape Charters

Bottom: FWC’s Lionfish Educational Exhibit Program Gulf Specimen Marine Lab