2020 Lionfish Challenge Encourages, Rewards Divers to Remove Invasive Species from Florida Waters
By Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission // September 13, 2020
winners will be announced each month and rewarded with substantial prizes
(FWC) – The Lionfish Challenge rewards lionfish harvesters with prizes for their lionfish removals.
The participant who harvests the most lionfish will be crowned the Recreational Lionfish King/Queen and the Commercial Champion.
The Challenge also has a tiered prize system that allows everyone to be rewarded for their removals.
The more removals, the more prizes you win. A new component this year is monthly Mini-Challenges. The winners will be announced each month and rewarded with substantial prizes.
As of this week:
■ 641 people have registered.
■ 157 people have submitted lionfish (150 recreational, seven commercials).
■ 12,580 lionfish submitted.
■ 48 checkpoints for recreational participant submissions.
Recent Mini-Challenge Winners: Most Lionfish between Aug. 21 – Sept. 1
■ Prize – $500 cash
■ Commercial – Isidoro Bedoya – 174 pounds of lionfish
■ Northwest – Bob Gamble – 61 lionfish
■ West – Jennifer Ford – 105 lionfish
■ Northeast – Russell Peters – 705 lionfish
■ Southeast – Shane Rasch 241 lionfish
Recent Raffle Winners
■ Reef Ranger’s customized FWC lionfish long-sleeved Dry Fit shirt and 10L dry-bag
■ Luke Byous
■ France Mer
■ Upcoming Raffle Drawings
All qualified participants (submission of 20 lionfish or 20 pounds for commercial) will be entered into the drawing.
Sign up and learn more today by visiting MyFWC.com/Lionfish