Bermuda’s Groundswell Lionfish Tournament

A tournament that was to be held last week, but was postponed due to bad weather, has been changed to August 28, 2011. The purpose of the contest is to hunt down the invasive lionfish species. The tournament starts at sunrise, with all lionfish to be presented for weighing at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) by 3:00pm. Music, cocktails, and food, including samples of the catch of the day, will start at BIOS at 2:30pm.

This event is sponsored by the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences with the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo; the Ocean Support Foundation; Bermuda Ocean Explorers; Reef; and several private enterprises such as Gosling’s Gold Bermuda Rum, among others.

[BIOS is an independent marine science organization. It was founded in 1903 as the Bermuda Biological Station by scientists from Harvard and New York University to take advantage of Bermuda’s ideal location for deep-ocean and coral reef research and education. BIOS is a Registered Bermuda Charity and a not-for-profit organization.]

All participants must hold a valid Lion Fish Cull Permit. To register for the Groundswell Lionfish Tournament, go to

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