— An Ecoogical Goal to Save the Reefs —

April 14, 2010 – Bimini – On July 17, 2010 the South Florida Freedivers Club are hosting the second annual Lionfish Smash at Bimini Bay Resort and Marina with proceeds going to the Boys and Girls Club of Miami. This family event has an overall goal to bring awareness of the Lionfish invasion on the Bahamian reefs. The event was created in May 2009 to raise recognition with a sport (spear fishing) that can contribute to a positive ecological cause.

The Lionfish is an invasive and extremely venomous species of the Bahamian archipelago. It’s a non-native fish that hails from the Indo-Pacific Region, affecting the biological diversity of Bahamian waters. The South Florida Freedivers Club hope to work in conjunction with the ongoing, long-term National Lionfish Response Project to assist in researching what determines the affects lionfish invasion. The format of the event focuses on the traditional Hawaiian Sling spearfishing and pole-spear method respecting local Bahamian spearfish laws. This is not a contest for the Nationals spearfishing tournaments and is not an Underwater Spearfishing Association (IUSA) sanctioned event.

“We are thrilled with the opportunity to host this family event again in 2010,” said Danielle Dunfee Event Manager, Bimini Bay Resort and Marina, The Bahamas.

“I’m personally excited to assist in this increasing awareness of the negative effects of the lionfish here in my second home (Bimini). By joining forces and working together we can combat this spread.”

The South Florida Freedivers is a grassroots organization focused on bringing together people who utilize the ocean as their playground. Meetings are held every 2nd Thursday at 7:30 PM at Scotty’s Landing in Coconut Grove – Miami, Florida. The purpose of these meetings is to put together a group of likeminded individuals who respect and honor the best of the sport; local fishing regulations and practices, selectivity and conservation,  and above all diver safety.