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Florida Lionfish Derby Season Ending Soon

The final leg of the Florida Lionfish Derby is coming to an end for the season in September.

The series is run by the Reef Environmental Education Foundation and is held annually in the Upper Keys.

The event sees divers compete for prizes by removing as many non-native lionfish as possible from the Florida Keys. The competition features awards for the smallest, largest, and the most lionfish caught, as well as a golden fish raffle.

Teams of up to four divers can take part, and they can hunt from dawn to dusk on Saturday, September 14th, 2019, and from dawn to 1 p.m. on Sunday, September 15th, 2019. All fish caught are to be turned in at the Tiki Bar at Postcard Inn Resort and Marina. Awards will be announced at 3:30 p.m.

During the event, REEF staff will hold lionfish filleting and dissection demonstrations, and local chefs will offer tips, demonstration, and samples of the best way to cook lionfish.

Registration for the event costs US$120/~£98.5 /~€107 per team.

You can find out more about the event here.


Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life! Sam is a Staff Writer for