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.
Join us on Thursday March 27th 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!
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.
Funded by a grant through the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Keri Kenning and Lad Akins traveled to cities throughout the South East United States to teach lionfish collecting and handling workshops. Workshop topics included 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.
Stay tuned as workshops are added in 2014.