Although we are just one month into the year, our 2019 Field Survey Trips are filling up fast! Because of the great response, we have decided to add two new trips to the 2019 schedule: an invasive lionfish-focused liveaboard trip to Belize this June, and a fish survey liveaboard trip in December, to the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Invasive Lionfish Trip aboard the Belize Aggressor III, June 8-15, 2019: This trip is part of REEF’s ongoing effort to monitor the establishment and consequences of invasive lionfish on native fish populations and reef ecosystems. In addition to learning about lionfish biology and ecology, as well as the background of the invasion, participants will have the opportunity to be trained in safe collection and handling procedures, such as removing lionfish with pole spears, ZooKeeper devices, and hand nets, as well as hands-on lessons in lionfish dissections and filleting. Join this trip today for a fun way to play an active role in addressing the lionfish invasion. For complete details including pricing and inclusions, visit the trip webpage here.
Fish Survey Trip aboard the Turks and Caicos Explorer II, Dec. 14-21, 2019: The Turks and Caicos Islands is one of the few locations in the Caribbean that is known to have a healthy population of endangered Nassau Grouper. Because this trip falls right after the December full moon, you may get to witness several grouper species migrating to spawning sites, or have the chance to see them in their breeding colors! Many other fish finds (and even Reef Sharks!) await discovery on the walls and reefs throughout the islands. Several major US airports fly directly to Provo, which means your travel will be hassle-free during this busy time of year. You’ll return from this trip relaxed and ready to enjoy the holiday season! For complete details including pricing and inclusions, visit the trip webpage here.
To register for a trip or find out more, please e-mail trips@REEF.org. We hope to see you on a trip this year!