Statewide Lionfish Challenge

  • Event Information
  • May 14, 2016 - October 1, 2016
  • Recurring weekly on Saturday

Diver's Den is your Statewide Lionfish Challenge checkpoint in Bay County!


  • Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day (May 14, 2016) through Sept. 30

How to Qualify

  • Harvest 50 or more lionfish

  • First 50 can be submitted by PHOTO/EMAIL or at an FWC approved Checkpoint

  • 50 and above must be submitted to a Checkpoint ONLY

Email Submissions (ONLY for first 50 lionfish)

  • Send photo of harvest to

  • PHOTO: Include harvester name, date and signature in the photograph

  • Lionfish must be photographed in a manner that they can be easily counted

  • EMAIL: Include mailing address, phone number, number of lionfish, and county harvested from 

Checkpoint Submissions (Watch a video on how to submit lionfish tails)

  • Place tails in a dry sandwich bag

  • Label the bag with diver name, phone number and date

  • Print and fill out the FWC Lionfish Challenge Check-In Form  or fill out form at checkpoint

  • Bring tails to your local checkpoint. They will retain bags for verification by FWC staff

Rewards – All qualified participants

  • Commemorative coin (proof of membership)

  • T-shirt

  • Featured in the FWC Lionfish Hall of Fame on the website

Drawing Prizes – 1 entry per 50 lionfish

  • Fishing licenses

  • Lionfish harvesting equipment

  • Fuel cards

  • Dive tank refills

Resource-based Incentives - if qualified before relevant harvest opportunity starts

  • Spiny lobster – one per person, per day in addition to daily bag limit during 2016 sport season only (July 27-28, 2016)

Lionfish King or Queen

Most lionfish checked in (individual only)

  • Lifetime saltwater fishing license

  • Photo on cover of January 2017 Saltwater Regulations publication

  • Featured prominently in the FWC Lionfish Hall of Fame on the website

  • Recognized at the November 2016 Commission meeting

Statewide Lionfish Challenge