Lionfish Challenge 2018 Update– July 3

There’s still time to submit your qualifying 25 lionfish and also obtain a celebratory coin that permits you to take one additional spiny lobster each day throughout the two-day mini-season July 25-26.

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The Lionfish Challenge compensates lionfish farmers with prizes for their lionfish removals, tagged or otherwise. The identified lionfish component is new this year as well as includes prize money up to $5,000. Lionfish were identified at 50 public fabricated coral reefs throughout the state between the depths of 80-120 feet.

As of this week:

  • 525 people have registered.
  • 51 people have submitted lionfish.
  • 6,596 overall lionfish removed.
  • 47 tagged-lionfish gotten rid of (five in the Atlantic and also 42 in the Gulf).
  • 53 checkpoints for entertainment individual entries.

Current Winners

  • June 8, Okaloosa County: Blake Russell of Shalimar, $500 and also Engel Cooler.
  • June 9, Pinellas County: Michael DeRemer of Largo, GoPro Hero5 Camera.
  • June 18, Franklin County: Grayson Shepard of Apalachicola, $1,000.
  • June 18, Duval County: Russell Peters of Neptune Beach, $500.
  • June 21, Okaloosa County: Joe Livingston of Destin, $500.
  • June 30, Bay County: Kimberly Higdon of Tennessee, Engel Cooler.
  • June 30, Bay County: Brian Higdon of Tennessee, Engel Cooler.

Upcoming Raffle Drawings

  • July 11 and also 25.
  • All qualified participants (entry of 25 lionfish or 25 pounds for industrial) will be entered into illustration. Prizes include 4-foot JBL post spear, Dive Rite surface pen tube, Lionator pole spear prize pack, Enriched Air Diver Class from Narked Scuba, and also Color-Dive Lenses from Customatic Optics.

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