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Results of REEF’s 2018 Lionfish Derby Announced

As the season of REEF’s 2018 Summer Lionfish Derby Series draws to a close, the results of the series were announced.

The series featured six lionfish derbies over the summer, and the events were presented by Whole Foods Market in the waters off the state of Florida. Key results from this summer include:

  • 200 participants managed to remove a staggering 3,429 lionfish.
  • The most successful team in one derby event was Team Painkillers, which gathered 212 lionfish at the Upper Keys Lionfish Derby.
  • Team Proweb/Zookeeper caught the largest lionfish, at a whopping 41.1cm/16.4 inches long.
  • Team Proweb/Zookeeper caught the smallest lionfish, at a tiny 3.1cm/1.25 inches long.

Overall, Team Proweb/Zookeeper took part in all six events and brought in an impressive 673 lionfish.

Over the years, REEF’s Summer Lionfish Derby Series has brought in almost 25,000 lionfish.

In addition to hunting lionfish, the series featured various outreach programs educating people about lionfish, as well as many culinary events aimed at promoting the consumption of this invasive species. Over the course of the season, 353 participants took part in lionfish culinary tasting events.

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