MyFWC reminds divers of annual Lionfish Challenge

The annual tournament runs from Jun. 1 through to Oct. 1.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Are you up for the challenge? The Lionfish Challenge, that is.


The 2023 Lionfish Challenge kicks off in 2 weeks! Lionfish are one of the most harmful invasive reef fish species in Florida.

Each year during the challenge, we encourage Florida divers of all ages to remove lionfish from our waters to earn prizes and help limit the negative impacts to native marine life and ecosystems.

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This statewide lionfish harvest tournament runs Jun. 1 through Oct 1. With tiered prizes, the more you catch, the more you win!

Be the predator and get rewarded as you help protect Florida’s marine ecosystem by harvesting invasive lionfish! Read full tournament rules, find checkpoints, and register at FWCReefRangers.com