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Lionfish Challenge 2020 update – Sept. 11

Special to The Star

Numbers update 

As of this week: 

641 people have registered. 

157 people have submitted lionfish (150 recreational, seven commercial). 

12,580 lionfish submitted. 

48 checkpoints for recreational participant submissions. 

Recent Mini-Challenge Winners 

A lionfish

Most Lionfish between Aug. 21 – Sept. 1 

Prize - $500 cash 

Commercial – Isidoro Bedoya – 174 pounds of lionfish 

Northwest – Bob Gamble – 61 lionfish 

West – Jennifer Ford – 105 lionfish 

Northeast – Russell Peters – 705 lionfish 

Southeast – Shane Rasch 241 lionfish 

Recent Raffle Winners 

Sept. 2 

Reef Ranger’s customized FWC lionfish long-sleeved Dry Fit shirt and 10L dry-bag 

Luke Byous 

France Mer  

Upcoming Raffle Drawings 

Sept. 16 – two winners 

Sept. 30 – two winners 

Oct. 14 – four winners 

Oct. 28 – four winners 

All qualified participants (submission of 20 lionfish or 20 pounds for commercial) will be entered into drawing. 

Background 

The Lionfish Challenge rewards lionfish harvesters with prizes for their lionfish removals. The participant who harvests the most lionfish will be crowned the Recreational Lionfish King/Queen and the Commercial Champion. The Challenge also has a tiered prize system that allows everyone to be rewarded for their removals. The more removals, the more prizes you win. A new component this year are monthly Mini-Challenges. The winners will be announced each month and rewarded with substantial prizes. 

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

Links 

Support Florida lionfish control programs by purchasing our new Rep Your Water lionfish hats at the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida.