Spearfishing tournaments have been a very popular annual event in most regions. Game fish caught while freediving have been the main focus in the past. In the last decade, spearfishing tournaments have added the Red Lionfish (Pterois volitans and Pterois miles) as a point scoring category.
In many tournaments, Lionfish have been included as a side tournament category. Lionfish included in these tournaments are given a separate prize and are kept out of total scoring of the tournament. In some tournaments, lionfish have been accepted towards the total points scored in the tournament.
Regardless of the level of inclusion, the spearfishing community has been an outstanding steward in educating the populace.