Wednesday, August 4, 2021

19,000-plus Lionfish Taken Out During Recent Tournament


A recent Lionfish tournament off the Gulf Coast of Florida saw more than 19,000 of the invasive species caught and sent to market.

From May 16th to May 19th, the Emerald Coast Open saw 43 teams of divers remove 14,119 Lionfish during the actual two-day competition, with the remaining 5,048 caught in the run-up to the tournament.

The team winner, Florida Man, caught 2,241 Lionfish and walked away with a US$10,000 (~8,954 Euro) prize.

Check out the final standings here.

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John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.