Sarasota lionfish derby & cooking competition - July 7-9th!

Join Mote Marine Laboratory for the fourth annual Sarasota Lionfish Derby, which invites scuba divers to compete for more than $3,500 in cash prizes by netting or spearing lionfish in an effort to control the spread of this invasive species.

The derby will take place from July 7-9 with its home base at Mote, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway in Sarasota, Florida. This derby is the first of four in the 2017 Summer Lionfish Derby Series coordinated by Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF). On July 9, five culinary partners will compete to prepare the best lionfish dishes during the derby’s public event at Mote. Space is limited and tickets are required for the tasting. For more information visit:

To register for the Sarasota Derby or others in the summer series: