Sarasota Lionfish Derby

Multiple Dates

SOLD OUT OF LIONFISH TASTING TICKETS. Registration for teams to participate in the Lionfish Derby is still available.

You’re invited to partner in the fifth annual Sarasota Lionfish Derby! This exciting and environmentally beneficial event will be hosted by Mote Marine Laboratory, a world-class marine science institution, in cooperation with Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF), which helps study and address the lionfish invasion and sanctions official Lionfish Derbies.

Lionfish Derbies are an important way to harvest large numbers of this invasive species that has spread along the eastern Atlantic coast, Columbia to Escambia counties. Derbies help divers harvest lionfish and provide public education.

This year’s event will be based at Mote, with a captain's meeting on July 6, lionfish hunting July 7 in the beautiful Gulf of Mexico — tournament boundaries are defined as Collier County to Escambia County — and the lionfish weigh-in July 8 at Mote Marine Laboratory. Cost to participate in the Derby is $120.00 per team (minimum 2 people per team, maximum 4 people). The public is invited to join Mote scientists and derby participants at the weigh-in for educational dissections and lionfish tastings on Sunday.  To sign up a team up, click the Register button to the right!

We are officially SOLD OUT of the lionfish tasting tickets!

Chef Alex Vasquez of Mattison's Forty-One serving serving pan seared lionfish over saffron champagne risotto topped with herbed caper butter.
Chef John Mancini of the Deep Sea Diner serving Lionfish Cake with Chipoltle aioli on a bed of spaghetti cucumber.
Chef Steve Phelps of Indigenous serving Everglades Baked Lionfish, with Tarragon Parmesan Breadcrumbs
Chef Jamil Pineda of Michael's on East Pan-Roasted Lionfish with Date and Roasted Pine Nut Chutney served with Curried Shrimp Bisque, Beech Mushrooms and  Garlic Swiss Chard   
Chef Mike Yoder of Modern Events/Tableseide Restaurant Group serving Poisson Cru of Lionfish (Yuzu, Bird Chili, Pomelo Supreme and Toasted Coconut)

A special thanks to Whole Foods Market for their support of the Lionfish Derby Series!

Upcoming Dates

  • July 8, 2018

Contact Us for more information.

Sarasota Lionfish Derby



Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34236