Florida Saltwater Fishing
The Challenge is on!
Now is the time to register for the 2020 Lionfish Challenge! The Lionfish Challenge is an incentive program that rewards harvesters for their lionfish removals. With a tiered system, everybody can be a winner. The participant who harvests the most lionfish will be crowned the Lionfish King/Queen. The Challenge began May 22 and will run through Sept. 7, and you can register at any time.
There are two categories: recreational (# of lionfish) and commercial (lbs of lionfish). Participants with an active Saltwater Products License and lionfish sales within the last year will automatically be included in the commercial category. The recreational category is open to all divers who do not have a SPL.
The Challenge has a tiered prize system that allows everyone to be rewarded for their removals. To qualify for the Challenge, harvesters must collect 20 lionfish (recreational) or 20 lbs of lionfish (commercial). Once those initial lionfish have been submitted, the participant will receive a commemorative 2020 Lionfish Challenge Coin and Dri-Fit long sleeve T-shirt. The prize tiers are as follows:
- 50 lionfish (100 lbs)
- 100 lionfish (200 lbs)
- 200 lionfish (400 lbs)
- 300 lionfish (600 lbs)
- 400 lionfish (800 lbs)
How to submit catches:
Recreational – the first 20 fish must be Submitted to FWC via the harvest/photo submission form located at FWCReefRangers.com. Specific photo requirements can be found on the FWCReefRangers.com website. After the qualifying tier has been met, the harvester must submit their lionfish tails with their information (harvester name, date of harvest, and signature) to a verified checkpoint.
Commercial — catches are submitted via electronic trip tickets. The trip tickets must include the harvester’s name, date of harvest, amount harvested (lbs.), and the harvester’s signature to FWCReefRangers.com.
Lionfish Challenge Features
Bi-weekly raffles will be held, and all qualified participants will be eligible to win.
A new component this year will be monthly Mini-Challenges. The winners will be announced each month and rewarded with substantial prizes.
The winners of the Lionfish Challenge will be announced at the Lionfish Removal and Awareness Festival held Sept. 11-13 at the HarborWalk Village in Destin, FL. You can register for the 2020 Lionfish Challenge and find more information at www.FWCReefRangers.com/Lionfish-Challenge. Questions regarding the challenge can be sent to Lionfish@MyFWC.com.
Challenge participants Tazz Felde, Bill Bowles, Regan Lyon, Rick Jones, Jason Spears, Aaron Maurer, Markita Andrews with their 131 lionfish.