Lionfish removals help control the invasion.
Learn how to safely collect and handle lionfish today!  

REEF conducts FREE Lionfish Collection and Handling Workshops!

Each workshop will include an in classroom background on the invasion, lionfish biology, ecological impacts, current research, collecting and handling techniques and much more! Attendees can obtain a permit to collect lionfish within the Sanctuary Preservation Areas in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary using hand nets only. Once wrapping up on land, we will head out to the water and put our skills to work during a dive charter sponsored by FWC. The workshop and dives are free, and REEF will provide lionfish collecting gear, but you will need to bring your own SCUBA gear or organize a rental through the dive shop. Please contact the shop directly prior to the workshop 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.

2019 Workshop Schedule

May 15, 2019: Looe Key Lionfish Collecting & Handling Workshop

 Looe Key Workshop Details

May 22, 2019: Florida Sea Base Workshop, Islamorada (Opened to public) 

Sea Base Workshop Details

June 29, 2019: Fort Lauderdale Lionfish Collecting & Handling Workshop 

Fort Lauderdale Workshop Details


Please complete the registration form for the workshop you with to attend. 

Workshop Registration

Please complete the TWO online waivers by 3PM the day before the workshop you are attending, the sooner the better! 

Workshop Waivers

Please complete the pre-workshop survey before attending the workshop. 

Pre-Workshop Survey


Financial support of these workshops was provided by a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Foundation (NOAA), through the Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida (FWFF). Dive charters and spears are sponsored by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commision (FWC). Additional support was generously provided from Whole Foods Market.

Can't attend an upcoming workshop? Want to attend in the future?

Workshops are periodically planned for locations throughout Southeast Florida and the Keys. Check back often, email for more information, or sign up below for email notifications.