Statewide Lionfish Challenge

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

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


http://www.myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/recreational/lionfish/challenge/


Timeline 



  • 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 Lionfish@MyFWC.com




  • 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 MyFWC.com 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 MyFWC.com website

  • Recognized at the November 2016 Commission meeting

Statewide Lionfish Challenge