Ft. Pickens Lionfish Survey Dive

Details & Itinerary

Lionfish have consistently been reported within the boundaries of the Fort Pickens Area of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. Working with Florida Sea Grant on a research permit issued by the National Park Service, we will be conducting monitoring and removal dives of the invasive lionfish. We will be conducting 4 monitoring/removal dives  from now until September. Each event will be limited to 14 volunteer divers. 

Schedule

Each event will be precluded by a training session the day before the monitoring event. Each participant must attend a training session.

Start time for the removal events will be dependent on the daily tide. Each month will be slightly different.

Divers will meet outside the park at Park West on the north side of the parking lot. We will go in as a group to the land headquarters.

What Should I Bring?

Each diver needs to provide their own personal dive gear, including a compass, Surface Marker Buoy/Safety Sausage (You can rent from the dive shop if you do not own your gear), transportation to and around Fort Pickens, and a great attitude. We provide all lionfish specific hunting gear and monitoring supplies, including a zookeeper and polespear. You might want to get some gloves with nitrite palms. This gives you a better grip on the polespear underwater.

 

Can I bring lionfish home?

Because this is a removal event related to a research permit, all fish must remain with the permit holders.

Diver Qualifications

Volunteer divers need to be at least Open Water diver certified, have a minimum of 25 logged dives, with at least 1 dive in the last year, and one being in the ocean.

2021 Lionfish Survey Dates

        • May 22, 2021  — 7:30 am
        • July 24, 2021 — 8:30 am
        • August 21, 2021  — 7:30 am
        • September 19, 2021 — 8:00 am

2021 Lionfish Eco-Tourism Dates

May 6-10, 2021

Lionfish Hunt in Pensacola, Fl

4 night, 3 days of 2-tank lionfish hunting dives in Pensacola

$1080/Person

June 17-21, 2021

Lionfish Hunt in Pensacola, Fl

4 night, 3 days of 2-tank lionfish hunting dives in Pensacola

$1080/Person

July 22-26, 2021

Lionfish Hunt in Pensacola, Fl

4 night, 3 days of 2-tank lionfish hunting dives in Pensacola

$1080/Person

August 19-23, 2021

Lionfish Hunt in Pensacola, Fl

4 night, 3 days of 2-tank lionfish hunting dives in Pensacola

$1080/Person

September 9-13, 2021

Lionfish Hunt in Pensacola, Fl

4 night, 3 days of 2-tank lionfish hunting dives in Pensacola

$1080/Person

October 14-18, 2021

Lionfish Hunt in Pensacola, Fl

4 night, 3 days of 2-tank lionfish hunting dives in Pensacola

$1080/Person

Custom Dates?

Lionfish Hunt in Pensacola, Fl

Are you going to be in the Pensacola, FL area and dont see a date that works for you? Reach out to us, and we can set up a private training or hunting experience. Let us know how we can help! 

Private Group Trips Available

Are you a dive shop, dive club, or group of divers?

Interested in running a group trip to Pensacola, Florida to hunt lionfish? Ocean Strike Team has been setting up lionfish hunts for dive shops and dive clubs across the country for over 6 years.  We can set up private dive trips for groups as small as 6 and up to 20 divers.  We provide a comp spot after 9 paid. OST will plan and arrange a trip around your dates and itinerary. Easy deposit schedule. We make it easy to book lionfish hunting trips with Ocean Strike Team. Contact Us for more information or to book your private trip today.