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Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) members measured the lionfish as teams arrived with their coolers.

Lionfish Derby spearheads invasive species

Sunday, Jul. 9, 2017 |

Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) members measured the lionfish as teams arrived with their coolers.

Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) members measured the lionfish as teams arrived with their coolers.

Sunday, Jul. 9, 2017 |

Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) members measured the lionfish as teams arrived with their coolers.

Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) members dissected lionfish during the weigh-in on July 9.

Sunday, Jul. 9, 2017 |

Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) members dissected lionfish during the weigh-in on July 9.

Fourteen teams competed in the fourth annual Sarasota Lionfish Derby from July 7 to July 9.

Sunday, Jul. 9, 2017 |

Fourteen teams competed in the fourth annual Sarasota Lionfish Derby from July 7 to July 9.

Fourteen teams competed in the fourth annual Sarasota Lionfish Derby from July 7 to July 9.

Sunday, Jul. 9, 2017 |

Fourteen teams competed in the fourth annual Sarasota Lionfish Derby from July 7 to July 9.

Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) members dissected lionfish during the weigh-in on July 9.

Sunday, Jul. 9, 2017 |

Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) members dissected lionfish during the weigh-in on July 9.

Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) members measured the lionfish as teams arrived with their coolers.

Sunday, Jul. 9, 2017 |

Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) members measured the lionfish as teams arrived with their coolers.

Joe Gilcher, Jeff Gilcher and Christopher Schillinger

Sunday, Jul. 9, 2017 |

Joe Gilcher, Jeff Gilcher and Christopher Schillinger

Paul Krasucki, Allie ElHage and Mike Davis

Sunday, Jul. 9, 2017 |

Paul Krasucki, Allie ElHage and Mike Davis

Seafood Shack served lionfish ravioli with basil pesto, whipped cream, toasted goat cheese and a basil blossom garnish.

Sunday, Jul. 9, 2017 |

Seafood Shack served lionfish ravioli with basil pesto, whipped cream, toasted goat cheese and a basil blossom garnish.

Mary Allison and Ryan Weyh

Sunday, Jul. 9, 2017 |

Mary Allison and Ryan Weyh

Indigenous served baked lionfish garlic toast.

Sunday, Jul. 9, 2017 |

Indigenous served baked lionfish garlic toast.

Mattison’s served lionfish paella.

Sunday, Jul. 9, 2017 |

Mattison’s served lionfish paella.

The Beach House served kefir-cured lionfish with coconut aioli and a seaweed cone.

Sunday, Jul. 9, 2017 |

The Beach House served kefir-cured lionfish with coconut aioli and a seaweed cone.

Nini Insinna and Bonnie Kissam

Sunday, Jul. 9, 2017 |

Nini Insinna and Bonnie Kissam

Haley Grable and Brianna Murphy

Sunday, Jul. 9, 2017 |

Haley Grable and Brianna Murphy

Nikki Logan Curran stirs the lionfish paella Mattison’s served at the tasting.

Sunday, Jul. 9, 2017 |

Nikki Logan Curran stirs the lionfish paella Mattison’s served at the tasting.

Robin Neff garnishes Indigenous’ baked lionfish garlic toast.

Sunday, Jul. 9, 2017 |

Robin Neff garnishes Indigenous’ baked lionfish garlic toast.

Patrick McGuire, Shawn Crane and Wilber Geiger participated in this year’s derby.

Sunday, Jul. 9, 2017 |

Patrick McGuire, Shawn Crane and Wilber Geiger participated in this year’s derby.

Mote’s Deep Sea Diner served lionfish tacos.

Sunday, Jul. 9, 2017 |

Mote’s Deep Sea Diner served lionfish tacos.

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