Lionfish Collecting and Handling Workshops: 

Each workshop will begin at 9AM, and will include 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 an afternoon two tank dive charter sponsored by FWC the same day.

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. 

Miami Lionfish Workshop

Wednesday December 19, 2018

  • 9-11AM Classroom Lecture and demonstration Grove Scuba in Miami, FL
  • 12:30 PM - Two tank dive with Grove Scuba in Miami, FL (Check-in Time at 12:30PM)
  • The afternoon dive for the Miami workshop is currently full but please register and you will be put on the waitlist in case a spot opens up. 
    • Registered participants can still attend the morning session, obtain the FKNMS permit and observe the dissection and filet demonstrations after the dive. 

The full-day workshop and dives are free and have limited availability. Spots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please register below.


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


Additional Upcoming Workshop Dates Coming Soon. Workshops are being planned for through Southeast Florida and the Keys. Check back often , email REEFHQ@REEF.ORG for more information or preregister below for email notifications.

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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 are sponsored by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commision (FWC).