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Lionfish Challenge 2018 Update

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Blake Russell of Shalimar won $500 and Engel Cooler on June 8, and Joe Livingston of Destin won $500 on June 21.

Recent winners in the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Lionfish Challenge 2018 includes participants from Destin and Shalimar.

Blake Russell of Shalimar won $500 and Engel Cooler on June 8, and Joe Livingston of Destin won $500 on June 21.

Numbers update

As of this week:

  • 525 people have registered.
  • 51 people have submitted lionfish.
  • 6,596 total lionfish removed.
  • 47 tagged-lionfish removed (five in the Atlantic and 42 in the Gulf).
  • 53 checkpoints for recreational participant submissions.
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Recent Winners

  • June 8, Okaloosa County: Blake Russell of Shalimar, $500 and Engel Cooler.
  • June 9, Pinellas County: Michael DeRemer of Largo, GoPro Hero5 Camera.
  • June 18, Franklin County: Grayson Shepard of Apalachicola, $1,000.
  • June 18, Duval County: Russell Peters of Neptune Beach, $500.
  • June 21, Okaloosa County: Joe Livingston of Destin, $500.
  • June 30, Bay County: Kimberly Higdon of Tennessee, Engel Cooler.
  • June 30, Bay County: Brian Higdon of Tennessee, Engel Cooler.

Upcoming Raffle Drawings

  • July 11 and 25.
  • All qualified participants (submission of 25 lionfish or 25 pounds for commercial) will be entered into drawing. Prizes include 4-foot JBL pole spear, Dive Rite surface marker tube, Lionator pole spear prize pack, Enriched Air Diver Class from Narked Scuba, and Color-Dive Lenses from Customatic Optics.
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Background

The Lionfish Challenge rewards lionfish harvesters with prizes for their lionfish removals, tagged or not. The tagged lionfish component is new this year and includes cash prizes up to $5,000. Lionfish were tagged at 50 public artificial reefs across the state between the depths of 80-120 feet.

Sign up and learn more today by visiting MyFWC.com/Lionfish.

REMINDER: There’s still time to submit your qualifying 25 lionfish and receive a commemorative coin that allows you to take one extra spiny lobster per day during the two-day mini-season July 25-26.

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Links

Support Florida lionfish control programs by purchasing new Rep Your Water lionfish hats External Websiteat Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida.

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