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 1, 2019: Looe Key Lionfish Collecting & Handling Workshop Looe Key Workshop Details
June/July 2019: Long Key Lionfish Collecting & Handling Workshop Long Key Workshop Details ~COMING SOON
June 29, 2019: Fort Lauderdale Lionfish Collecting & Handling Workshop Fort Lauderdale Workshop Details ~COMING SOON
August 2019 Palm Beach County Lionfish Collecting & Handling Workshop Palm Beach Workshop Details ~COMING SOON
Please complete the registration form for the workshop you with to attend.
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.
Additional Upcoming Workshop Dates and Details 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.
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.