Lionfish Festival and tournament in Destin

March 11, 2020

When:
May 14, 2020 @ 5:00 am – May 17, 2020 @ 6:00 pm
2020-05-14T05:00:00-05:00
2020-05-17T18:00:00-05:00

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is excited to announce the 6th annual Lionfish Removal and Awareness Festival May 16 and 17 at AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar and HarborWalk Village in Destin. Come out and celebrate the fight against invasive lionfish with the FWC and Destin – Fort Walton Beach. The tournament will be held May 14 – 17, 2020. Do you harvest lionfish? Register for the Emerald Coast Open lionfish tournament.

Activities will include fillet demonstrations; family-friendly games and activities; art, diving and conservation booths. Satisfy your taste buds by visiting any of the participating locations of Lionfish Restaurant Week (May 11-14) for your chance to try this delicious invasive. Learn more by visiting FWCReefRangers.com.

For more information, contact the FWC Division of Marine Fisheries Management at 850-487-0554.

Tournament schedule:
Thursday, May 14
Mandatory Captain’s Meeting – 7:00 pm, AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar – Destin, FL 
Registration ENDS at 7:00 pm

Friday, May 15
Harvesting begins at first light and ends at last light.
Weigh station opens at 3:00 pm and closes at 6:00 pm

Saturday, May 16
Harvesting begins at first light and ends at last light.
Weigh station opens at 3:00 pm and closes at 6:00 pm

Sunday, May 17
Weigh station opens at 7:00 am and closes at 11:00 am
** NO FISH MAY BE HARVESTED ON SUNDAY**
Awards ceremony – Approximately 3:00pm