2017-05-01 / Features

Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day Tournament

May 20 - 21 • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day is an event that focuses on both removing the invasive lionfish and making the public more aware of the potential impact this fish can have on marine resources.

The event is always held the first weekend after Mother’s Day, and similar events will be occurring the same weekend across the state.

There is a tournament where divers can submit lionfish for awards and prizes. The fish are weighed and logged in. The divers can then donate the fish, sell them to an approved wholesaler (if the diver has a Florida Saltwater Products license) or keep them. Divers can actually submit lionfish early and have them count towards their total.

There will be an area where local chefs are preparing lionfish and serving samples to the public, as well as a variety of vendors and education booths, plus a kids’ area.

The Lionfish

Removal and

Awareness Day event is free and will include various activities such as:

• Lionfish tastings

• Fillet demonstrations

• Family activities

• Celebrity Chefs

• Raffles and prizes

Lionfish Facts

• Currently have no significant predators in the Atlantic or Gulf of Mexico

• Consume a wide variety of fish and invertebrates

• Have 18 venomous spines that are used for defense

• Can release up to 30,000 eggs per spawn

• Able to consume prey that are more than half their own body length

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