2022 Lionfish Festival May 14-15

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announces the eighth annual Lionfish Removal and Awareness Festival May 14 and 15 at HarborWalk Village, Destin. Come out and celebrate the fight against invasive lionfish with the FWC and Destin – Fort Walton Beach.

Activities will include filet demonstrations; family-friendly games and activities; art, diving and conservation booths; and the world’s largest lionfish spearfishing tournament, the Emerald Coast Open. Area sponsors such as AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar will have Lionfish featured on their menus all weekend. Satisfy your taste buds by visiting any of the participating locations of Lionfish Restaurant Week (May 8-14) for your chance to try this delicious invasive. Learn more by visiting FWCReefRangers.com.

Have old fishing line laying around that you need to get rid of? Bring it with you to the festival and drop it off at one of our monofilament collection bins to be recycled.
A 2015 Resolution declared the first Saturday after Mother’s Day each year as Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day. FWC hosts the Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day (LRAD) Festival on this date each year to continue to raise awareness about the lionfish invasion.
The two-day festival is typically headquartered in Destin, with satellite events sometimes occurring around the state. For more information, call the FWC Division of Marine Fisheries Management at (850) 487-0554.