Keep Florida Fishing is a Proud Sponsor of the 2019 Lionfish Challenge

Challenge kicks off a weekend of all things Lionfish in Destin, FL

(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) – Keep Florida Fishing®, an advocacy arm of the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), is proud to announce their sponsorship of the fifth annual Lionfish Challenge hosted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

The 2019 Lionfish Challenge, established to encourage and reward recreational and commercial divers for removing lionfish from Florida waters, begins on Saturday, May 18 and continues through Labor Day, Monday, September 2. To register for the Lionfish Challenge visit FWCReefRangers.com.

“As a proud sponsor of the 2019 Lionfish Challenge, Keep Florida Fishing is excited to support efforts to combat this invasive species and protect Florida’s most precious resources,” said Gary Jennings, KFF’s Director. “We encourage Floridians to get involved in the fight against lionfish by participating in FWC’s Lionfish Challenge.”

This year, participants who submit the largest and smallest lionfish may be eligible to receive up to $3,000 in cash prizes thanks to support from sponsors: American Sportfishing Association, Yamaha Motor Company, Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County and National Marine Manufacturers Association.

“We are thankful for FWC’s continued dedication to lionfish control efforts through innovative events such as the Lionfish Festival and Challenge,” said Kellie Ralston, ASA’s Southeast Fisheries Policy Director. “Even if you are not a diver, you can help by sharing information about the negative impacts of invasive lionfish in order to encourage its removal and ensure that Florida remains the ‘Fishing Capital of the World’.”

In addition, FWC and the Emerald Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau are set to host the Lionfish Removal and Awareness Festival on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19 at AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar and Harbor Walk Village in Destin. The two-day Festival features lionfish tastings, family-friendly games, local vendors and more. Check out the Festival’s Facebook page.