While we are doing our best to eradicate them, research is still at the heart of everything that Reef Monitoring does. So this event will not simply be a search and destroy. Reef Monitoring will also use every specimen collected to further our research.
Fish will be weighed and measured for empirical data. Stomach contents will be removed and analyzed to study the diets of these fish. What are they eating?
The otolith (ear bone) will be removed from the head of each fish. This can tell us exactly how old the fish is. However scientists believe that the otolith can do more and actually give us further insight to the history of the fish. We are excited to continue this avenue of our research!
You are more than welcome to watch and interact with our scie
And if that wasn't enough, we are continuing our theme of "Culinary Conservation" by having the Executive Chef of the Guy Harvey Outpost cook and serve the lionfish right at the weigh-in!
Payout: Cash prizes! Raffle prizes including SCUBA gear, gift certificates,resort packages, Guy Harvey autographed merchandise, limited edition art, andmuch more!
When: Friday, September 9th 7:30pm
** At least one diver from each boat must attend. Divers will pick up their bags and we will announce any last minute rule changes.
Reef Monitoring invites all divers to join in the removal and research of Lionfish (Pterois volitans) out of the Gulf of Mexico during a two-day event in September!
On Saturday Sept. 10th, head out offshore for the FULL DAY to shoot as many lionfish as you can! There is no North/South boundary and no time limit! Leave as early as you want and come back as late as you want! The only requirement is that you fish in Florida waters!
*** ALL LIONFISH MUST BE ICED AND IN FOOD GRADE CONDITION ***
Any lionfish not iced properly will be disqualified. Fish do not need to be gutted as we are removing the stomach contents for analysis. So no filling them with lead either!
The Weigh-In and Family Fun Day will be Sunday Sept. 11th beginning at 10:30am! The weigh-in line will be open from 10:30am to 12:30pm. You must be IN LINE with your fish by 12:30pm. There is no parking fee at the resort for participants!
The Weigh-In will be held at the beautiful Guy Harvey Outpost Resort on St. Pete Beach! The pool (and the bar) will be open! Direct access to the beach. There will be events and activities for the kids so bring the whole family for a fun-filled day with music, drinks and food!
If you’d like to stay overnight at Guy Harvey Outpost, the Florida
Resident Special is an exceptional offer with discounted room rates, plus a boatload of coupons. An overnight stay will include a parking pass, unlimited use of the High Tide Slide, beach cabana and more. Make your reservation early, while there is still availability.
We appreciate everyone that came out to the 2014 Lionfish Safari. We would especially like to thank the Guy Harvey Outpost/TradeWinds Resort folks for being such gracious hosts.
Because of your efforts, we were able to remove 473 lionfish from the Gulf of Mexico! We all enjoyed a wonderful tasting from the Executive Chef and all of those fish will go directly into our research.
The largest fish was 1097 grams or about 2.42 lbs
The smallest fish was just 36 grams or about 0.079 lbs!
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