Tournament Info

January 1, 2020 Registration Begins

January 24, 2020 Pre-tournament Kickoff Party

February 1, 2020 Pre-Tournament Begins

September 9, 2020 Pre-Tournament Ends

 The 2020 Main Tournament and FWC’s Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day has been cancelled due to COVID concerns. We look foward to next year scheduled May 14-16, 2021


Emerald Coast Open

The Emerald Coast Open (ECO) is the largest lionfish tournament in the world! Last year , ECO had 189 participants and removed 19,167 lionfish throughout the tournament – 14,119 in 3 days! ECO gave away $48,000 in cash prizes, and over $10,000 in gear prizes.  We are looking forward to an exciting 2020 tournament! 


February 1 – Sept 9, 2020

Participating in the ECO pre-tournament is easy for everyone! Simply go out and hunt lionfish. Drop them off at designated drop off locations and you will receive 2 raffle entries for each fish you turn in. That’s it! Hunt lionfish and win prizes! 

Rules and more info here

Main Tournament

Cancelled for 2020

Win big money and big prizes! Each team of up to 4 can go out for 2 days and harvest lionfish. You don’t have to be a professional, but you do have to sign up and get out on the water! You can’t win if you don’t compete! 

Rules and more info here

Countdown to Pre-Tournament Awards!









Full Schedule for the 2020 Emerald Coast Open

Early Bird Registration Begins - Jan 01, 2020

Get your discounted Emerald Coast Open registration! It’s only $75 until July 31st, then it will go up to $100.

Register  Now

Pre-Tournament Kickoff Party - Jan 24, 2020

1835 Porch Bar200 Harbor Blvd.  Destin, Florida 32541

Don’t miss out on the Pre-Tournament kickoff party. Free food, including lionfish, giveaways, live music, and a lot of “sizing up the competition”. Learn what’s in store for the 2020 Emerald Coast Open. Party starts at 6pm and goes to around 9pm

Pre-Tournament Begins - Feb 01, 2020

Start racking up those raffle entries! Between Feb 1 – Sept 9, registered participants can turn in lionfish at designated drop off spots for 2 for 1 raffle entries. For every lionfish you turn in, you get 2 raffle entries for over $10,000 in prizes given away at the main tournament.

Rules & Learn More

Early Bird Registration Ends - July 31, 2020

Last chance to register at the discounted rate!

Learn More

Pre-Tournament Ends - Sept 09, 2020

This is the last day to turn in lionfish for 2 for 1 raffle entries.

Rules & Learn More

Main Tournament Begins - Sept 11, 2020

Cancelled for 2020

Learn More

Lionfish Removal & Awareness Day Festival - Sept 12-13, 2020

Cancelled for 2020.

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Pre-Tournament Drop Off Locations

If you are participating in the pre-tournament and do not see a drop-off location near you, or would like to become a drop-off location, please contact Alex Fogg at (443) 995-6416.

Dive Pros Dive Shop

7203 US-98, Pensacola, FL 32506
(850) 456-8845

Drop-off available during business hours. Please call when you are on your way to drop off fish.

Southwind Marina

10121 Sinton Dr, Pensacola, FL 32507
(850) 529-2475

Call Capt. Andy Ross prior to your trip, if possible, to coordinate fish drop-off.

Dewey Destin's

8673 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre, FL 32566
(850) 710-7070

Call Alex Fogg at 443-995-6416 prior to your trip, if possible, to coordinate fish drop-off.


Sarasota, FL

Call Allie ElHage prior to your trip, if possible, to coordinate fish drop-off.


For the latest specials and discounts on Hotels through Emerald Coast Open, visit our STAY page. 

2019 Tournament and Festival Photos

2019 Lionfish Removal & Awareness Festival

Register to Participate!

Anyone can win prizes at the Emerald Coast Open! Shoot for the biggest or the smallest for a chance to win BIG (Hint: the more you shoot during the pre-tournament the more prizes you can win!)