VIDEO: Learn To Remove Lionfish Via Spearfishing Without Causing Damage To Habitat
By Space Coast Daily // July 17, 2016
enter the Lionfish Challenge
ABOVE VIDEO: Learn how to remove a lionfish via spearfishing without causing further damage to the natural habitat. Meaghan Faletti and Alex Fogg show you how it is done. Remove 50 or more lionfish between Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day beginning on May 14 and the end of September to enter the Lionfish Challenge.
Do you have what it takes to become Florida’s lionfish King or Queen?
Do you have what it takes to take the spiny throne? For every 50 entered into the program, get an entry into the Lionfish Challenge raffle and get great prizes like Brad Riles, who won a Neretic pole spear.
Remove 50 or more lionfish between Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day beginning on May 14 and the end of September to enter the Lionfish Challenge.
Rewards include a commemorative coin to mark membership, an event T-shirt, Lionfish Hall of Fame recognition on the MyFWC.com website and you are entered in drawings to win prizes including fishing licenses, lionfish harvesting equipment, fuel cards and dive tank refills.
If you’re qualified before the relevant harvest season starts, you will have the opportunity to take an additional spiny lobster per day during the 2016 mini-season (July 27-28).
The person who “checks in” the most lionfish will be crowned Florida’s Lionfish King or Queen and will receive a lifetime saltwater fishing license, have his or her photograph featured on the cover of the FWC’s January 2017 Saltwater Regulations publication, be prominently featured on MyFWC.com’s Lionfish Hall of Fame, and be recognized at the November 2016 FWC Commission meeting.
How to Enter
Email photos of your first 50 qualifying lionfish to Lionfish@MyFWC.com and include the name of the harvester, the date harvested and your signature in the photo (written on a piece of paper next to the fish for example) and your mailing address in the email.
You can also submit your first 50 at an FWC approved checkpoint.
All tails in excess of the initial 50 must be brought to an FWC approved checkpoint (see list at MyFWC.com/Lionfish by CLICKING HERE.
In Brevard County you can check in at Hatts Diving Headquarters located at 2006 Front Street, in Melbourne.