The “Defend and DestROI" dive tournament was created to protect and preserve Hawaii’s reefs and native fish from invasive species such as Ta'ape, To'au, and Hawaii's most threatening fish, the Roi.

Since being introduced to Hawaii in 1956 from Mo'orea, the Roi has overpopulated the reefs and preyed on the juvenile native fish species. One adult Roi can consume upwards of 140 native fish per year.

In addition to destroying our reef and native species, Roi can cause serious illness in people who consume it. Roi is also one of the known carriers of ciguatera, a toxin produced by dinoflagellates that attacks the human nervous system and can result in serious side effects.

Roi, Ta'ape, and To'au are damaging Hawaii's already compromised reef ecosystem and the community must work together to control their population explosion so that the fish and reefs can be safeguarded can.

The purpose of this event is to work with divers and fishermen to eradicate as many as these invasives as possible so the native Hawaiian species can thrive and flourish for generations to come.

Additional proceeds from the event will be donated to Shriners Hospitals for Children — Honolulu. 

DATE: June 23, 2018
MORNING CHECK-IN TIME: 6AM WAIPIO COSTCO PARKING LOT BEHIND FAST LUBE
LOCATION: Oahu Island Wide – (Swim Out or Kayak ONLY)
CHECK-IN/WEIGH‐IN LOCATION: Neil Blaisdell Exhibition Hall during the Hawaii Ocean Expo near parking structure side entrance (follow signs).  Parking pass included in registration fee.

CHECK‐IN TIME: 2 PM ‐ NO GRACE PERIOD.

WEIGH-IN TIME: 3 PM

ENTRY FEE (Includes 1 Lunch, 1 T‐Shirt & 1 Free Prize Table Raffle): 

  •   EARLY BIRD ‐ $60 per diver / $120 per team

  •   $75 per diver / $150 per team (After May 15th)

  • No refunds by June 9th

APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 18th‐ All applications must be postmarked no later than June 18th. NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED. Late entries will be returned.

Visit your local dive shop for tournament rules, but must register online.

Partners must register online on same day.

Must check in with your partner at Waipio Costco parking lot by 6am. Once checked in, you will be released to begin the tournament. 

TOURNAMENT RULES: 

This tournament is centered on ocean preservation. All invasive species (Roi, Toau, Ta'ape) are the main target for this tournament. 

ONE GAME FISH: TO BE ANNOUNCED MORNING BRIEF worth 30 points

 Please show all fisherman proper respect by giving them enough courtesy space when diving. Do not cross into fishing lines or dive in front of fishing poles. We, as a community, will share the ocean.

At the time of check-in, divers must drop off their individual coolers with their personal catch in them.  Any ineligible fish/more fish than allowed in coolers will result in immediate disqualification.

All divers must have a partner.
The goal is target invasive fish to accumulate the most points. Scoring system is as follows: 

  •   Roi: 5 points per Roi

  •   Toau: 3 points per Toau

  •   Ta'ape: 1 point per Ta'ape

  •   Game Fish – 30 Points

Scoring is individual. If there is a tie between points, the diver with the most weight in invasives will win.

PRIZES:

Trophies are awarded to the divers who accumulate the most points ranking from 1st place to 5th place.

The 1st to 5th place winners will be able to select a prize of their choice from the Prize Table.

Raffles may be purchased for separate prize drawing.

Additional proceeds from the event will be donated to Shriners Hospitals for Children — Honolulu.

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