I am a graduate student at the Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center working under my advisor Dr. David Kerstetter. I would like to tell you about a project I am conducting in Broward and Palm Beach Counties that will describe the South Florida spearfishing community and incorporate any removal effort of the invasive lionfish (Pterois volitans and P. miles) within this ecosystem. This study will measure the amount of control for lionfish already taking place and compare that fishing effort to regular routine fishing efforts for native fish. Any individual 18 or older can participate as long as they are working with a spear and are a certified diver.
This online survey will take five to ten minutes to complete and comprised mostly of multiple choice responses. The information you will need to gather to complete the survey is as follows:
1. Dive profile, including the average depth and total bottom time
2. Site location and dive site name
3. Species caught
4. Number of lionfish and sizes
You do not need to change anything at all about the way you dive to participate in the survey. The survey will begin April 1, 2013 and continue monthly for a year. Divers may participate as often as they wish based upon their own spearfishing experiences. If you are 18+ and agree to participate, please proceed on this URL address to begin the survey.
I appreciate your participation and look forward to your responses to the survey. I welcome any suggestions or assistance you may be willing to provide. I plan to frequently update raw results from your lionfish removals for everyone to see. Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Facebook.