Lionfish Hunting Tournaments

Get involved with lionfish removal by attending one of the following derbies or events.

Emerald Coast Open

The Emerald Coast Open (ECO) is the largest lionfish tournament in the world! In 2019, ECO had 189 participants and removed 19,167 lionfish throughout the tournament – 14,119 in 3 days! ECO gave away $48,000 in cash prizes, and over $10,000 in gear prizes. We are looking forward to an exciting 2023 tournament!

Save the date for 2023 event: May 19-21, 2023

Congratulations to all the divers:
11,253 fish for the 2 day main event.

2,582 Lionfish during the pre tournament

Grand total for this years Emerald Coast Open 13,835!!

1st Place Most – Deepwater Mafia 1 – 1,623 Lionfish
1st Place Largest – Big Blue – 436 MM

1st Place Smallest – Alabama Jammin – 39 MM

Most pre tournament fish turned in – Tim Shivers – 604 Lionfish

Restaurant Week Champion – Bortulas – Chef Al Massa

Emerald Coast Open 2022 Silver Sponsor
Alex Fogg
LFRAD Contestant
Emerald Coast Lionfish Tournament

2022 Lionfish Tournament & Event Calendar

REEF’s 2022 Lionfish Derby Series

REEFApril 22-24, 2022
9th Annual Earth Day Lionfish Derby
Key Largo, Florida

September 8-11, 2022
Florida Keys Lionfish Derby & Festival
Islamorada, Florida

Lionfish Tournament News

Marathon’s Rachel Bowman is Still the Queen of the Lion(fish)
Marathon’s own lionfish hunting savant Rachel Bowman took her talents to Destin, Florida on May 14 and 15 for the Emerald Coast Open Lionfish Tournament, a yearly contest aimed at removing the invasive, destructive and delicious Indo-Pacific fish.

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