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 LionfishRestaurant Week Champion – Bortulas – Chef Al Massa

2023 Lionfish Tournament & Event Calendar


REEF’s 2023 Lionfish Derby Series

September 9-10, 2023
Florida Keys Lionfish Derby & Festival
Islamorada, Florida

DXDivers Lionfish Derby

April 29, 2023
Deerfield Beach, 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.

Divers catch a record 24,699 invasive lionfish in tournament off Florida’s Gulf Coast
It’s tough to say which are more disliked in Florida: invasive pythons or invasive lionfish. But based on sheer numbers, venomous lionfish appear to be besting eviction efforts. Read more at:

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