Service Excursion: Invasive Species Removal

5589370_lionfish (1)The Mission:

Lionfish have become a prime example of the dangers of exotic pet introduction in the western Atlantic, currently invading local reef systems and decimating native fish populations. With no natural predators and an unchecked growing population, conservationists are looking to individuals to help clean up our reefs of these invasives. On this service excursion, you will learn specialized skills to help combat the threat of invasive species both on land and at sea by participating in the latest conservation efforts in invasive species removal.


  • Reduce and control the spread of both terrestrial and marine invasive species
  • Full day SCUBA excursion in the Upper Keys
  • Lionfish collection workshop and training session
  • Specially prepared lionfish dinner at iconic Florida Key’s restaurant
  • Florida Key’s Fish Identification seminar

Package Includes:

  • All transportation from Loggerhead Marinelife Center
  • All applicable fees
  • Activity fees and surcharges
  • 3 day/2 night stay in Key Largo
  • All accommodations
  • Daily/nightly meals
  • Applicable entrance fees

Pricing: $799*/person

*based on double occupancy

Dates: May 27 – 29, 2016

Activity level:Stars5

Accommodations: Comfort


Basic Itinerary:

Day 1: Invasive Plant Removal & Marine Ecology Lesson

  • Half day terrestrial invasive species removal with Palm Beach County biologists
  • Dinner at iconic Florida Keys restaurant
  • Evening Marine Ecology seminar

Day 2: Lionfish Collection Workshop & Reef Dive

  • Project orientation
  • Lionfish Collection workshop
  • Two-tank dive collection excursion

Day 3: Fish Identification Workshop & Underwater Fish Survey

  • Fish identification class
  • Underwater fish survey & data collection

View the detailed itinerary here.

View the packing list here

For more information or to reserve your spot on a SWIM program, please email Hannah Campbell, Programs Coordinator, at or 561-627-8280 ext. 105.