The third annual Pensacola Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day Festival will take place Saturday and Sunday May 20-21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Plaza de Luna, located at 900 S. Palafox St. The goal of the event is to raise awareness about lionfish, a nonnative, invasive species that has a potential negative impact on native species and habitats.
This event will include celebrity chef and fillet demonstrations, lionfish tastings, family-friendly games and activities and more than 40 art, diving and conservation vendors.
To participate in the tournament hosted by the Gulf Coast Lionfish Coalition, visit the Lionfish World Championship website at LionfishWorldChampionship.com.
Numerous sponsors will be on hand including Escambia County's Marine Resources Division, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, Whole Foods Market, iHeartMedia, Coast Watch Alliance, Visit Pensacola, Florida Sea Grant, the city of Pensacola, Navarre Beach Marine Science Station, tournament host Gulf Coast Lionfish Coalition, Guy Harvey Magazine, SHELLArt, Dive Rite, ZooKeeper and Dive Pros.
For more information, contact the FWC Division of Marine Fisheries Management at 850-487-0554 or visit one of the following links provided by FWC:
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