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Win Money This Weekend at the 3rd Annual Treasure Coast Lionfish Safari

Lionfish need to be removed from our waters.

The 3rd Annual Treasure Coast Lionfish Safari is Almost Here!

Treasure Coast residents need to be aware that the invasive Indo-Pacific lionfish has moved onto our near-shore reefs, into our inlets and is set up for a massive invasion of the Indian River Lagoon.

On Saturday May 16th, and Sunday May 17th, the 3rd Annual Treasure Coast Lionfish Safari will be held at the Ft. Pierce City Marina. This is a "lionfish only" event, and registered teams, in any waters within the Treasure Coast off Indian River, St Lucie and Martin Counties, can take lionfish without a permit.

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Boat Captains, fishermen and divers from throughout Florida and beyond are welcome to register for cash prizes and tournament awards. This year's event aligns with the first annual Statewide "Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day" promoted by Florida's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation.

The Captain's meeting will be held at 6:30 pm on Friday the 15th at the Old City Hall, Fort Pierce with the event commencing at sunrise on Saturday the 16th and the first weigh-in will take place on Saturday at 5:00 pm. The competition continues at sunrise on Sunday the 17th with the final weigh-in and awards ceremony commencing at 3:00 pm on Sunday. There will be winning categories for Teams bringing in the "Most", "Largest" and "Smallest" lionfish. And if you are not a diver, don't miss the competition weigh-in, live music, lionfish-tasting, and local Marine Artists on Saturday and Sunday!

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Sponsoring organizations include: Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, LandShark, Deep Six Watersports, Varsity Sport Shop, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida Institute of Technology, Titos, Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce, Zookeeper LCU, Florida Sea Grant, and others.

The Ft. Pierce City Marina, Marine Cleanup Initiative Inc., www.lionfishharvester.com and local lionfish hunters, Team Frapper, are hosting the event.

Sponsors are still being sought. Vendors are invited to sign up for booth space.

For more information, including Sponsorship opportunities, vendor space, tournament schedule, entry fees, rules etc. go to:

www.TreasureCoastLionfishSafari.com.

Or Contact: Bob Hickerson 772-473-0252

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