REEF will be conducting a series of completely FREE Lionfish Collection and Handling Workshops followed by collection dives! At the workshop, you will learn how to safely collect and handle lionfish, and then we will go out as a class to practice your skills on a lionfish removal dive. Practice alongside professionals so you can help control the lionfish invasion every time you dive!
Experienced and novice lionfish collectors are encouraged to attend. The workshops will also include background of the invasion, biology/ecology of lionfish, impacts, and current research findings. Both the workshop and the dive are FREE, but workshop attendance is required to participate in the dive. Registration is required. Don't miss out on the fun, sign up today!
Lionfish Collecting and Handling Workshop / Dive Dates:
Saturday, March 25th. Workshop: 9am-11:30am at The History of Diving Museum. Dive: Check in at 12:30pm at Key Dives.
Saturday, June 3rd. Workshop: 9am-11:30am at REEF Headquarters. Dive: Check in at 12:30pm at the Horizon Divers office.***DIVE BOAT FULL***
Saturday, February 18th. Workshop: 9am-11:30am at Aquarium Encounters. Dive 1pm at Dive Duck Keys. ***DIVE BOAT FULL***
Saturday, April 15th. Workshop: 9am-11:30am at Aquarium Encounters. Dive: 1pm at Dive Duck Keys.***DIVE BOAT FULL***
Saturday, May 20th. Workshop: 9am-11:30am at Big Pine Key Branch Library. Dive: 12:45pm at Looe Key Reef Resort & Dive Center.
Saturday, April 22nd. Workshop: 9am-11:30am at the Eco Discovery Center. Dive: 1:30pm at Captain's Corner Diver Center.
Saturday, May 13th. Workshop: 9am-11:30am at the Eco Discovery Center. Dive: 1:30pm at Captain's Corner Diver Center.
NOTE: Please bring your certification card and dive gear to the dive shop in the afternoon. Spaces on the dive charters are limited and are on a first come first serve basis. BE AWARE that it is YOUR responsibility to contact the dive shop regarding any special arrangements you may need such as rental equipment or refresher courses if have not dived in over a year.
Can't attend this workshop? Want to attend in the future?
Workshops will run continuously for the next year throughout the upper, middle and lower keys. If you would like to be put on an email list and receive notifications when workshops are scheduled, join the Future Workshop Waiting List here.
This program was funded in part, through a grant agreement from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Coastal Management Program, by a grant provided by the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management under the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Award No. CM517. The views, statements, findings, conclusions and recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the State of Florida, NOAA or any of their subagencies. This grant was awarded on July 1st, 2016.