2016 Upper Keys Lionfish Derby

Derby Schedule

Captain’s Meeting: Friday September 9th at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park (102601 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, Fl.

5:30-6:30 pm: Late registration for those teams not yet registered.                              6:30-7:30 pm: Captain’s Meeting

Derby Day: Saturday September 10th at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park


Teams may begin collecting  lionfish                                                                                 5:00 pm: All lionfish must be turned into the scoring station (John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park)          ~6:00-6:30 pm: Awards ceremony, raffle, public lionfish tastings, etc.

***The Captain’s Meeting is mandatory for the team captain’s and all team members are encouraged to attend. The team captain must be one of the four participants in the derby, but does not need to be the captain of the boat. Safe collecting and handling techniques and derby rules will be reviewed. ***


Genetically Modified Mosquitos

The debate over using genetically modified mosquitos continues in the Florida Keys. Residents of New Haven, the community chosen for the first test of the program, are mostly against the trial, but the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District claims the local public does not know all the facts behind the science. Take a look at this latest article from the New York Times and let us know what you think by sending comments to info@islamoradatimes.com.  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/25/us/zika-florida-keys-mosquitoes.html?_r=0

Flea Market at MM 101

We have heard rumors that the Flea Market at MM 101 may be going away sometime in the near future. Plans to create a shopping center to include a McDonald’s seems to be in the works. If true, the flea market and fresh produce stands will be missed. Send you thoughts to us at info@islamoradatimes.com

Lionfish to be sold at Whole Foods

All 26 Florida Whole Foods Market locations will begin to sell Lionfish to its customers.

“When it comes to offering species like lionfish that are invasive, we see this as another way to promote healthy oceans so future generations can continue to enjoy seafood,” said David Ventura, Whole Foods Market seafood coordinator for the Florida region.

“You’re not only ordering lionfish,” she told the Free Press. “But you’re taking the pressure off other species.” said Marathon’s Rachel Bowman, an avid lionfish harvester since 2012