6th Annual Sarasota Lionfish Derby

July 12, 2019

Join Mote Marine Laboratory and REEF for the sixth annual Sarasota Lionfish Derby, an environmentally friendly event that invites scuba divers to harvest this invasive species, and allows the public to taste delicious lionfish dishes prepared by top local chefs. The derby will take place from July 12-14 based at Mote, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway in Sarasota.

Lionfish Derby schedule details:

The derby will kick-off with a captain’s meeting for the team participants from 6:30-7:30 Friday, July 12, in Mote’s WAVE Center at 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota. Lionfish hunting will take place on Saturday, July 13, in the Gulf of Mexico. Tournament boundaries are from Collier to Escambia County. On July 14, the fish weigh-in and lionfish tasting start at noon. Awards for the top teams will immediately follow the weigh-in and scoring.

6th Annual Sarasota Lionfish Derby


Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34236