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Old 08-01-2017, 12:48 PM   #1
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Reef Monitoring Lionfish Safari Sept. 8-10

Reef Monitoring welcomes everyone in the Tampa Bay area to come out and have a fun-filled weekend at the World's Largest Lionfish Safari.
We are hosting this multi-day festival in N. Straub Park in beautiful downtown St. Petersburg!
We will have two-days of lionfish tasting, music and activities.
FWC will be crowning their Lionfish King and Queen at this event so you don't want to miss it!

The event is free for the public to attend. Food and beverages will be available.

As usual we will have our tournament available for divers to enter. Diving days will be Friday and Saturday. Cash prizes for most lionfish, largest lionfish and smallest lionfish! 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category so plenty of chances to win!

Valid SPL holders will be able to sell their catch to legit wholesalers on-site so you commercial guys can compete too!

Visit lionfishsafari.org for more details and additional info posted as it becomes available!

Feel free to post here to ask questions as well or contact us at lionfishsafari@reefmonitoring.org

Eat 'em to Beat 'em!!!
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Old 08-21-2017, 12:36 PM   #2
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Old 08-21-2017, 12:37 PM   #3
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We'd like to welcome back Whole Foods Market as one of our sponsors for the Lionfish Safari 2017!

Associate Culinary Team Leader Chef Philip Hiserodt of Whole Foods Market will be at the event demonstrating how to prepare Shrimp Étouffee with Blackened Lionfish!
See the recipe below.
Philip comes with passion for food that is like fire and fury, the likes of which the world as never seen! Come check out his fire & fury at the Lionfish Safari, September 9-10 at North Straub Park.

Thanks Whole Foods!

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Old 08-23-2017, 10:32 AM   #4
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Thank you to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium for being a returning sponsor this year! CMA has been an excellent supporter and partner of Reef Monitoring over the years. We have an on-going research project going with CMA that is producing some interesting results. Definitely keep an eye out for that information when we release it!

Thank you to the entire staff and volunteers at CMA!

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Old 08-25-2017, 08:27 AM   #5
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Thanks to Sunshine Scuba for their continued sponsorship of the Lionfish Safari! Sunshine Scuba has been a long-time supporter of Reef Monitoring and we are glad to have them back.
Bob and Heather run a great, full-service dive shop. Get in their for all your air and Nitrox fills, gear sales and service, destination dive trips and even technical/cave diving!
Sunshine Scuba does it all!

Thanks to Bob and Heather for putting a brand new BCD and a $50 dry snorkel on the prize table!

Thanks Sunshine Scuba!!!

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Old 08-25-2017, 08:33 AM   #6
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A special thanks to the FSDA and all of their clubs that have supported Reef Monitoring over the years. No single organization in Florida has done more to advance and promote the sport of spearfishing as well as help groups like us continue research.

The FSDA has always stepped in to help Reef Monitoring. We are eternally grateful for their support.

If you are on this forum and don't know who/what the FSDA is, get it together!

Thank you Denny and everyone else who works tirelessly for this sport!

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Old 08-31-2017, 01:51 PM   #7
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Thanks to Amoray Resort in Key Largo for sponsoring the Lionfish Safari! Keep your eyes out for a gift certificate for a stay at this fantastic island resort.

I did my first night dive ever staying at Amoray.

Amoray offers PADI scuba diving courses and certifications, eco tours, snorkeling, kayaking, scuba and stay packages, and unique underwater weddings… The finest choice for your Keys vacation.

THANKS Amoray!

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Old 08-31-2017, 01:57 PM   #8
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AAaarrrrrrrrgh!

Get ready to set sail with Blackbeard's Cruises! A new sponsor for the Lionfish Safari, be sure to snag the Blackbeard's cruise from the prize table.
Blackbeard’s Cruises is recognized by divers as one of the best liveaboard experiences available year after year!

Scuba diving travel with them is a breeze! Their all-inclusive scuba diving liveaboard vacations are popular with outgoing individuals from all over the world! They supply everything but your personal gear and towels.

They offer the Caribbean’s largest variety of diving including shark dives, walls, high speed drift dives including the Washing Machine, night dives, blue holes and the beautiful coral reefs of the Exumas Land & Sea Park.

Thanks Blackbeard's!

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Old 08-31-2017, 02:03 PM   #9
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Special thanks to the St. Pete Underwater Club for their continued sponsorship of Reef Monitoring! If you were at this years' tournament, you no doubt noticed Reef Monitoring processing lionfish for SPUC. It was a great tournament and a nice turnout of lionfish.
The SPUC, as it is known, was founded in 1952 by an avid group of divers who shared a great enthusiasm for the sport of spearfishing. The St Pete Underwater Club is one of the oldest and best-known dive clubs in the United States. For over fifty years, club members have competed in and won National events, promoted and organized tournaments, and actively campaigned for fair legislation for divers and fishermen alike. They strive to educate the public, teaching that spearfishing is one of the most environmentally sound fishing methods. They continue to work with fisheries managers, lending their first-hand knowledge of the Gulf of Mexico and its denizens. Their proudest endeavor is the St Pete Open, which is hosted and run by their all-volunteer membership. The St Pete Open is the world's largest spearfishing tournament. Many of the largest fish ever entered in a spearfishing event have been brought in to the St. Pete Open.

SPUC has graciously donated a coveted entry into the 2018 St. Pete Open to our prize table. If you plan on competing, make sure you grab that one!

THANKS SPUC!!!!

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Old 08-31-2017, 02:39 PM   #10
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Huge thanks to Tim and his team at BigStorm Brewing! BigStorm is the official location of the Lionfish Safari Captain's Meeting on Thursday 9/7!!

Big Storm Brewing Co is one of the fastest growing independent craft breweries in Florida. Founded in 2012 by Mike Bishop, Big Storm now has two brewing and taproom facilities in Tampa Bay. Led by Head Brewer, Joel Moore, Big Storm’s innovative craft beers have received critical acclaim for the past five consecutive years, winning 2016’s Best Florida Beer Championship with their Oktoberfest Marzen Lager. Today, Big Storm is a true pioneer using local ingredients like citrus and wild flower honey, brewing more than 20 different beers, including their popular Arcus IPA, Wavemaker® Amber Ale, Helicity® Pilsner and Oats in Hose Oatmeal Stout. Available in most local Publix, Whole Foods, Total Wine and ABC Liquors, Big Storm is not just craft beer, but great beer.

Come to the tap room and get checked in, enjoy some drink specials and have a great time!

Stay tuned as you know we always give something great away!

Thank you so much BigStorm!

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Old 09-06-2017, 07:44 AM   #11
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Re: Reef Monitoring Lionfish Safari Sept. 8-10

The Lionfish Safari is being postponed until next weekend, September 16-17 due to the potential impact of Hurricane Irma. This postponement will be accompanied by a change in venue, however we have not confirmed the exact location. We will be resending out information on setup, schedule, and a new event map as soon as details are finalized. If you are UNABLE to participate next weekend, please let me know as soon as possible. As always, feel free to contact me with any questions.

I appreciate everyone's patience and understanding. Please be safe over the next week, and we look forward to making this year's Lionfish Safari a success.
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