Save the reef, wear lionfish jewelry!

A fish as beautiful as it is destructive; invasive lionfish have had dramatic impacts on marine ecosystems due to their high reproductive rate and voracious appetites. These visually stunning fish have characteristic red and white stripes and long, fanlike spines and fins. 

REEF Lionfish Jewelry Workshops encourage a consumer market that promotes lionfish removal. During the workshop, REEF will explain the background of the invasion, biology/ecology of lionfish, impacts, current research findings, collecting tools and techniques, market development and ways for getting the community involved. Workshop instructors will also provide a step-by-step  tutorial on how to make lionfish jewelry, and you can begin crafting your own customized jewelry from  a selection of pre-treated lionfish fins. The jewelry created at the workshop will be ready to take home that evening!

All of the lionfish used in our workshops are locally speared or netted by volunteer divers. Following capture, the lionfish fins and spines are carefully removed and treated to ensure safe handling.

Upcoming Lionfish Jewelry Workshops

  • Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020: 6-8pm (SOLD OUT)

Workshops are held at REEF Campus (98300 Overseas Highway, Key Largo FL 33037)

Registration

To register online, click here to fill out the registration form and submit your payment. You may also call REEF at 305-852-0030 to reserve your spot and pay over the phone.

Workshops are periodically scheduled in the Florida Keys. If you would like to be put on an email list to receive notifications when workshops are scheduled, join the future jewelry workshop waitlist.

What's Included

  • Materials for jewelry pieces to take home (necklace pendant, earring pendants, cotton necklace cord)
  • REEF wine or pint glass to take home
  • Jewelry making materials (resin, UV lamp, tools, lionfish fins, etc.)
  • Presentation and tutorial
  • Wine, beer, non-alcoholic beverages & light snacks

You can upgrade your necklace type to a 16" or 24" silver chain for $10 extra.

Materials for creating additional jewelry pieces may be available.  Details will be provided at the workshop.