FWC Lionfish Challenge 2020 Update – Sept. 11

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. – 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.

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

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.
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