Funded by a grant through the US Fish and Wildlife Service, REEF staff will travel to cities throughout the Southeast United States to teach lionfish collecting and handling workshops. These workshops are meant to educate and engage stakeholders (recreational divers, professional divers, environmental groups, students, general public, etc.). Workshop topics will include background of the invasion, lionfish biology, ecological impacts, recent research findings, collecting tools and techniques, market development and ways to get involved. The workshop usually lasts 1.5 to 2 hours depending on audience participation. Workshops are free of charge and open to the public, however registration is required. You can register online here: www.REEF.org/lionfish/workshops.
REEF is a grassroots organization dedicated to ocean conservation and is widely recognized as a leading authority in lionfish research, removal practices and educational outreach. REEF partners with scientists and government agencies to conduct lionfish research and engage stakeholders in removals. These activities are integral to local, national and international plans and strategies addressing the invasion. For more info visit www.REEF.org/lionfish.