CULL Challenge is on for lionfish

Licensed to cull? Then get your spears out and get ready for a two day extravaganza of diving, hunting, spotting and spearing those feathery finned fishies.  

The Surfside Challenge, hosted by the Cayman United Lionfish League takes place over this weekend, 1 and 2 June, with the aim of removing as many lionfish as possible from surrounding waters.  

Surfside beach bar on Seven Mile Beach will be the registration and weigh in point and general gathering place for the event.  

Culling teams must have at least one certified, licensed culler on board and there must be a minimum of two and maximum of eight persons per team.  

Each day teams are free to go off and scuba dive or free dive wherever they choose, and collect as many lionfish as they can. 

Each day they will return to Surfside between 4 and 6pm for the weigh in, for which all fish must already be de-spined. 

Surfside chefs will prepare their signature lionfish dishes with the fresh catch, to keep spirits and energy levels up, and Cayman Islands Brewery, one of the sponsors of the event, will be providing free ice-cold Caybrew to help the lionfish go down.  

There will also be a variety of prizes for various categories including biggest lionfish, most lionfish, most overall weight and smallest lionfish. It’s only $5 to register and plenty of great prizes to take home.  


For more information contact Mark Orr at 916-4271. 


Cullers will be hunting for sights like this. – PHOTO: KRISTI FEIERSTEIN

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