Learn how to safely conduct lionfish removals by attending a REEF Invasive Lionfish Collecting & Handling Workshop.
Workshops include a classroom portion that covers background on the invasion, lionfish biology, ecological impacts, current research, and collecting and handling techniques. After we wrap up the classroom portion of the workshop, we will head out to the water for a 2-tank dive to put our skills to work.
Please note that due to changes in Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary regulations, workshop participants will not receive permits for collection in Sanctuary Preservation Areas (SPAs).
Classroom Lecture and Demonstration: 9:00 AM (Check-in 8:40 AM) Mote Marine Laboratory, Summerland Key
2-Tank Dive Trip: Check in 12:34 PM at Looe Key Reef Resort and Dive Center
Important Registration Information
The workshop and dives are free, but pre-registration is required. To register for this workshop, please complete all of the forms linked above.
Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. All registered participants must place a $25 deposit prior to September 1 to secure their space. The deposit will be refunded to participants after completing the workshop. Participants may also opt to donate their $25 deposit to receive a lionfish derby rash guard.
REEF will provide lionfish collecting gear, but you will need to bring your own SCUBA gear or organize a rental through the dive shop. Prior to the workshop, please contact the dive shop directly if you need rental gear.
Due to advanced nature of the lionfish collection dives an advanced dive certification and 30 dives minimum are required for dive participants. Dives are subject to weather and other conditions.