Take a bite out of lionfish at the 14th annual REEF Florida Keys Lionfish Derby & Festival, coming up on Sept. 7-10. The event features two full days of lionfish hunting, plus a family-friendly lionfish festival.
Teams of two to four people may register to compete in the derby. Registration is $100 per team and is open until Sept 7. Registration is available online at www.REEF.org/derby. Derby participants may hunt lionfish from sunrise to sunset on Friday, Sept. 8 and Saturday, Sept. 9.
Join them on Sunday, Sept. 10 for a lionfish festival at the picturesque Postcard Inn Beach Resort & Marina in Islamorada. The festival is free and open to the public, and includes lionfish tastings, drink specials, demonstrations, games, and interactive booths from environmentally-minded vendors. Derby winners will be announced during an awards ceremony and cash prizes will be awarded to the teams who collect the most, largest, and smallest lionfish.
Want to learn more about lionfish or brush up on your collecting skills before the derby? They are hosting a Lionfish Collecting & Handling Workshop in Islamorada on Sept. 5-7! Click here for more information about the workshop.