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Lionfish Collecting and Handling Workshop

A lionfish displays its fan-like pectoral fins at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

The public is invited to attend the “Invasive Lionfish Collecting and Handling Workshop” at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4.
Divers, fishers and ocean enthusiasts are encouraged to attend the free event to learn about lionfish, the species’ negative ecological impact in local waters and effective collecting techniques.
Keri Keening of the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) and Steve Broadhurst of Eastern Carolina Artificial Reef Association (ECARA) will lead the workshop on the lionfish crisis. REEF, ECARA and the Aquarium are presenting this marine conservation and education opportunity.
Lionfish (Pterois volitan) are native to the Indo-Pacific region, but are now common in the Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. The species sport venomous spines harmful to humans, reproduce rapidly and have few natural predators in Atlantic waters.
Visitors to the Aquarium can see lionfish in the Exotic Aquatics gallery.
NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located a short drive from Wilmington south of Kure Beach, on US 421. The site is less than a mile from the Fort Fisher ferry terminal. Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day). Admission: $8 adults ages 13-61; $7 62 and older; $6 ages 3-12. Free admission for: children under 2; registered groups of N.C. school children, and NC Aquarium Society members. General information: