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Posted by on Nov 3, 2015 in Events

REEF and Sanctuary Friends host shark lecturer

REEF and Sanctuary Friends host shark lecturer

REEF Reef Environmental Education Foundation and Sanctuary Friends Foundation of the Florida Keys proudly welcomes David Shiffman, University of Miami Shark Researcher & Florida 2013 Marine Science Educator of the Year on Tuesday, Nov. 10 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the REEF Headquarters, MM 98, to talk about why sharks matter: the ecological and economic importance of sharks, the threats they face, and how you can help.

Shiffman will speak about the current state of shark research and conservation and will be happy to answer any questions that you may have about sharks.

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Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Events, In the News

Tilden’s Spines and Spiny Tournament

Tilden’s Spines and Spiny Tournament

Lionfish are GREAT to eat and they are bad for our fragile ecosystem!

Tilden’s Scuba Center is teaming up with Sanctuary Friends Foundation and donating 50% of all entry fees and 100% of all raffle collections directly to the foundation. Sanctuary Friends is responsible for everything from maintaining the buoys in the sanctuaries to coral restoration and scientific research both in shallow and deep waters that that we dive in.

Whether you are avid bug collectors or you just want to help out a great cause, you should participate. All participants receive a cool hat ($20+ value) and an entry in our raffle. We will have so many categories to win and raffles to give away, it would be hard to walk away empty handed!

4650 Overseas Hwy Marathon, FL 33050 305-743-7255

$30 to enter, including a tournament hat and raffle entry. All participants are entered into weigh-in party raffle. Categories for Men/Women/ Kiddos. Over $7000 in prizes to win and give away.

Last tournament entry taken at Tilden’s at 9am on July 29.

Final Weigh-in at Tilden’s 6 p.m. July 30.


Click here for the Spines and Spiny Tournament information.

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Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 in Events

Friends in Focus Films January 2015

Friends in Focus Movie Nights

December 2014 and Jan 2015 Schedule

Sanctuary Friends Foundation Presents Friends in Focus Film Series at Marathon Power Squadron Building, 52nd Street Marathon Doors open at 6:30, Free Popcorn, Drinks Available for a small donation, Movie starts at 7 p.m.

Movie schedule:

Dec 16 Tuesday: Disruption 52 min\


Jan 6 Tuesday: GetVegucated 77 min


Jan 20 Tuesday: A Fierce Green Fire, 101 min

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Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 in Events, In the News

Columbus Day Weekend Lionfish Tournament

Columbus Day Weekend Lionfish Tournament

Lionfish Tournament Results & Recap

Sanctuary Friends Foundation hosted its Third Annual Lionfish Tournament over Columbus Day Weekend with great success. The eight teams (five of which brought in fish) caught 369 lionfish off Florida Keys reefs and wrecks even with the windy conditions on the water!

The BIGGEST lionfish caught was 18½ inches! The Smallest was 3½ inches. Team Chase ‘N’ Tail brought in 172 lionfish to take home the top team prize over the two-day tournament.
Following the weigh-in at Captain Hook’s Marina & Dive Center on Sunday, John Mirabella of Castaway Waterfront Restaurant went above and beyond for the lionfish dinner. Not only did the contestants and guests get to try fried lionfish and his National Geographic recipe “Wreck Diver Lionfish,” John also brought out “King of the Jungle” lionfish sushi rolls and another new roll containing tempura lionfish.
The event raised more than $1,500 from raffles at the tasting. The raffle items were generously donated from attractions and dive shops from Tavernier to Key West.
View pictures from the weekend on Sanctuary Friends Facebook page or on the website.

(Photos by Jerry Cowan and Kristen Livengood)

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