Lionfish Collecting 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. 

2019 Workshop Schedule

Key West Lionfish Collecting and Handling Workshop

Friday February 8th 2019 

*The Dive portion of the Key West Workshop is currently full but please still register if you are interested and you will be placed on the waitlist for the dive and are welcome to attend the classroom portion and the post dive lionfish dissection demonstrations.


Islamorada Lionfish Collecting and Handling Workshop

March 28th and 29th

* You will need to attend the in classroom portion in order to come on the March 29th morning dive with Key Dives



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

Please note once you have registered you will receive an email with further information.

We ask registrants for the dive to place a $20 deposit to be refunded after the dive, you will receive an email about the deposit from our staff after registering once we confirm there is still space on the boat.





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


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

Pre-Workshop Survey

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.

Workshop Mailing List

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.