Save the reef, wear lionfish jewelry!

A fish as beautiful as it is destructive; invasive lionfish have had dramatic impacts on marine ecosystems due to their high reproductive rate and voracious appetites. These visually stunning fish have characteristic red and white stripes and long, fanlike spines and fins. 

REEF Lionfish Jewelry Workshops encourage a consumer market that promotes lionfish removal. During the workshop, REEF will explain the background of the invasion, biology/ecology of lionfish, impacts, current research findings, collecting tools and techniques, market development and ways for getting the community involved. Workshop instructors will also provide a step-by-step tutorial on how to make lionfish jewelry, and you can begin crafting your own customized jewelry from a selection of pre-treated lionfish fins. The jewelry created at the workshop will be ready to wear that evening! 

All of the lionfish used in our workshops are locally collected in the Florida Keys or South Florida. Following capture, the lionfish fins and spines are carefully removed and treated to ensure safe handling.

Upcoming Lionfish Jewelry Workshops

Wednesday, July 26, 6:00-8:00pm - register today! Click here for more information or to register for the workshop. 

Where: REEF Campus, 98300 Overseas Hwy., Key Largo, FL 

Cost: $35 - includes jewelry-making materials to take home your very own piece of jewelry, refreshments, guided instruction, and your own REEF wine or pint glass to take home. 

Workshops are periodically scheduled in the Florida Keys. If you would like to be put on an email list to receive notifications when workshops are scheduled, join the future jewelry workshop waitlist.

What's Included

  • Materials for jewelry or keychain pieces 
  • REEF wine or pint glass 
  • Jewelry-making materials (resin, lionfish fins, etc.)
  • Presentation and tutorial

More details will be provided at the workshop.