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Lion Fish Derby July 20-21, 2024

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Lionfish are a non native and invasive species in the Florida Keys and have exploded in numbers in recent years. In an effort to control the population of these predators and help the reef adapt we are proud to host an annual Lionfish Derby in Key West, FL. Bringing divers together from across the state we hope to bring attention to the problem and remove as many Lionfish as possible, plus have a great time. Our Derby is focused on safe and sustainable fishing practices to help our coral reef ecosystem thrive.
We welcome participants of all skill levels and backgrounds to join us for a weekend of fun and excitement as we roundup as many of the venomous Lionfish as we can.

Derby schedule July 19-21, 2024

Captains Meeting July 19th 2024 – 6pm @ Finz Dive Center. All participants must attend and check in.

Derby start time – 6:42am July 20th 2024
Derby end time – All divers must be at the weigh in and signed in line before 5pm July 20th 2024 – Absolutely no exceptions will be made.
Weigh in times –
July 21st 2024 3pm till 5pm Official weigh in day 2 –
July 21st 2024 6pm Awards ceremony will begin


Captains Meeting July 19th 6pm @ Finz Dive Center

Derby boundaries – Any legal waters to fish from the US.
Weigh in – TBD
Awards Ceremony – July 21st 6pm @ The Docks!

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Lionfish Challenge

Did you know you can use your tournament catches to qualify for the FWC Lionfish Challenge. If you capture 25 lionfish you can get a commemorative coin and be able to keep an additional lobster during the sportsmen season for 2023. Finz Dive Center is the only checkpoint in the Lower Keys and will help get your coin. There are lots of additional prizes so check out the FWC Lionfish Challenge

Read the official rules here

Sign up to participate in the FWC Lionfish Challange here

The Key West Lionfish Derby is Presented by Finz Dive Center and Hunter Sportfishing.

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Official Derby Registration form



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You can sell your lionfish caught in the tournament! 

You must have your Florida Saltwater Products license (SPL) to do so. We will have a preferred vendor to buy all of your lionfish at the tournament.  Did you know the SPL license acts as a fishing license for you also? Learn more and apply below for your Florida Saltwater Products License. (SPL)

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6003 Peninsular Ave Suite 4

Key West, FL 33040