Lionfish Workshops

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Key Largo - FKNMS Permitting Lionfish Workshops

Lad Akins, Director of Special Projects, and the REEF team conduct workshops throughout the region to educate resource managers, divers and other marine enthusiasts on the lionfish invasion. These workshops include background of the invasion, biology/ecology of lionfish, impacts, current research findings, collecting tools and techniques, market development and getting the community involved. Permitting workshops are intended for dive professionals and avid recreational divers interested in obtaining a permit to collect lionfish in the Sanctuary Preservation Areas. These workshops are sponsored by REEF and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Workshops for lionfish permits only available in the Florida Keys and at certain locations. Permits for the FKNMS SPAs only allow hand net collection, not spearfishing. Please note: minors attending should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Tuesday May 5, 2015, Key Largo, FL
Please register for Key Largo here.

Join us on Tuesday May 5th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at REEF Headquarters (98300 Overseas Hwy., Key Largo, FL in the median) for our lionfish collecting and handling workshop! Workshop topics will include the background of the invasion, lionfish biology, ecological impacts, current research findings, and collecting and handling tools and techniques. Following the workshop, each participant will also have the opportunity to get a Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS) lionfish collecting permit, allowing you to collect lionfish in the Sanctuary Preservation Areas using hand nets. Registration is required. Don't miss out on the fun, sign up today!


Southeast United States Lionfish Workshop Roadtrip 2015

Funded by a grant through the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Elizabeth Underwood and Lad Akins will travel to cities throughout the South East United States to teach lionfish collecting and handling workshops. Workshop topics will include background of the invasion, lionfish biology, ecological impacts, current research findings, collecting tools and techniques, market development and ways to get involved. Workshops were free of charge and open to the public. All divers, fishers and ocean enthusiasts were encouraged to attend. Registration is required! Please note: minors attending should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

 

 
May 6th in New Orleans, LA. Click here for more information and to register.

May 7th in Ocean Springs, MS. Click here for more information and to register.

May 8th in Panama City, FL. Click here for more information and to register.

May 11th in Pensacola, FL. Click here for more information and to register.

May 12th in Mobile, AL. Click here for more information and to register.

May 14th in Tallahassee, FL. Click here for more information and to register.

May 26th in Pine Knoll Shores, NC. Click here for more information and to register.

May 28th in Durham, NC. Click here for more information and to register.

June 4th in Jupiter, FL. Click here for more information and to register.

June 8th in Charleston, SC. Click here for more information and to register.

June 10th in Savannah, GA. Click here for more information and to regsiter.

June 18th in Orlando, FL. Click here for more information and to register.

June 23rd in Naples, FL. Click here for more information and to register.

 

*** Stay tuned as more workshops are added to this list!***


 

Can't attend this workshops? Want to attend in the future?

Workshops are routinely scheduled in the Florida Keys, and we travel often to Miami, Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and more. If you would like to be put on an email list and recieve notifications when workshops are scheduled, join the Future Workshop Waiting List here.


REEF staff uses Mount This Fish Company lionfish model during a workshop. Click the image to visit www.mountthis.netREEF staff uses Mount This Fish Company lionfish model during a workshop. Click the image to visit www.mountthis.net
 


 

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