Isle of Palms, SC -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/06/2013 -- Barrier Island Eco Tours offers naturalist guided boat excursions to Capers Island State Heritage Preserve, one of the last undeveloped barrier islands. The organization recently announced the lionfish collecting and handling workshop handled by Reef.org.
The said workshop aims to educate both locals and enthusiasts about the lionfish. The lionfish is considered an invasive species and concerned citizens are doing all they can to fight off this invasion through various efforts including information dissemination.
The said workshop will take place at the South Carolina Aquarium located at 100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston, SC 29401 on the 5th of September 2013.
Locals, divers, tourists, and ocean enthusiasts are encouraged to take part in this workshop. The workshop will cover different chapters including the background of the invasion, the life and biology of the lionfish, recent research findings, and collecting and handling techniques.
You can get more details and register at http://www.Reef.org/lionfish/workshops.
About Barrier Island Eco Tours
In the summer of 1997, after receiving permission from the SCDNR to take visitors to Capers Island, Jose Hernandez and Shane Ziegler began business taking educational nature tours to Capers on a 6 passenger boat. In 1998 they bought the Callinectes, a Coast Guard Certified 40 passenger tour boat. Two years later they added a 23 ft. fishing boat for inshore fishing charters. Two years after that, a 16 passenger skiff outfitted for smaller customized eco-tours, kayaking, and fishing excursions was added to the fleet. In 2006, Ziegler bought out Hernandez’s share of the business and added a 22 passenger pontoon which he leases from his head naturalist, Robert Hopkins.
"A special thanks to Shane Ziegler of Barrier Island Eco Tours, Isle of Palms, for sharing his invaluable insights and vast knowledge about the Lowcountry, its wildlife and ecosystem. And the tours are fabulous!" stated Mary Alice Monroe, Author of The Beach House.
Barrier Island Eco-Tours
50 41st Avenue
Isle of Palms, SC 29451
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