Bermuda's Winter Lionfish Derby is an annual event and every Bermuda resident with a valid, up-to-date lionfish culling permit is invited to participate. So if you have one, please brave the cold water and hunt. It seems Bermuda's lionfish typically move closer to shore through the winter, into shallower water, which makes them easy targets. Considering the overall threat that invasive lionfish represent, we think an annual winter derby provides a unique opportunity to catch big numbers of lionfish in an easy and fun way, ultimately making a pretty big dent in their population.
The 2018 derby will run from January 1st until January 31st, with a wrap-up party and award ceremony on February 3rd at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute. There will be a $25 entry fee to participate and with it, you'll get a ticket to the party. As in years past, there will be cash prizes in both freediver and SCUBA diver categories. This year, however, we hope to have additional prizes for lionfish hunters who did not bring in big numbers, but still deserve a prize for their efforts. So even if you only spear one single lionfish, you still might win something. Every lionfish hunter who provides us with their catch will receive an official Winter Lionfish Derby hooded sweatshirt. For any hunters who tried, but came home empty-handed, there will be a limited number of sweatshirts available for purchase.
On top of that, this is our way to thank all the lionfish hunters for everything they do to protect Bermuda's marine ecosystem.
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