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Lionfish Workshop

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:        MEDIA CONTACT:         REEF: 305-852-0030


Lionfish Workshops to be held in Southeast Florida

First Workshop on November 14th



(MIAMI, October 31, 2011)The Miami-Dade County Cooperative Sea Grant Extension Program in partnership with the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) will host a series of lionfish workshops open to the public for the Southeast Florida area.  These workshops cover the history of the invasion, lionfish biology/ ecology/ impacts, how to safely collect and handle lionfish, lionfish venomology and first aid for stings, and recommended techniques for filleting lionfish.


The first workshop of the series will be held Monday, November 14th, from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School, in the Cosculluela Hall, located at 500 SW 127th Avenue, Miami, FL.  Belen has an active student dive club that was eager to host this first workshop.


Workshop participants will have the opportunity to sign up for one or both of the group lionfish collection dives that will be led by REEF Director of Special Projects and lionfish expert, Lad Akins.  These dives will give workshop participants the opportunity to apply what they learned topside while gaining hands-on experience with lionfish removals.


Future workshops and collection dives for Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties will begin in spring of 2012 and will be posted on the REEF website (  Pre-registration for this workshop and future workshops is strongly encouraged.   There is no cost to attend these lionfish workshops.   For more information or to register for a workshop, please visit



WHO:            Miami-Dade Cooperative Sea Grant Extension


WHAT:         Lionfish Workshop


WHEN:         Monday, November 14, 2011

                       6:30 p.m. 8:00 p.m.


WHERE:      Belen Jesuit Preparatory School (Cosculluela Hall)

                       500 SW 127th Avenue

                       Miami, Florida


The Miami-Dade Cooperative Extension is a partnership of the Sustainability, Planning and Economic Enhancement Department (SPEED), formerly Miami-Dade Consumer Services and the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.




The Sustainability, Planning and Economic Enhancement Department  (SPEED) is a merger of economic development agencies. Miami-Dade County Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, formerly Miami-Dade Consumer Services Department, investigates and mediates consumer complaints, enforces the County’s consumer protection laws and business regulations, and licenses certain businesses.  In addition, the department’s Cooperative Extension Division provides technical assistance to commercial agricultural growers, backyard gardeners, homeowners, and manages youth and family development programs.  The department also educates consumers on marketplace issues and provides resources to the public geared toward improving quality of

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