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Old 08-10-2014, 08:29 PM   #1
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Just an informal poll for the spear fishermen out there. How many of you would be willing to keep private spots clear of lionfish in exchange for the numbers?

Scenario #1 would allow you to shoot other fish on the reef.

Scenario #2 would allow you to shoot only lionfish.

The reefs would be checked once each year. If they are staying mostly lionfish-free, then you would be able to get more numbers. If not, then you would get no more numbers and the spot would be given to someone else to clean.

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How would the spot remain "private"?
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I'm in. Sign me up for either scenario.
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We tried this a year ago and it didn't go well.... good luck though....... most folks on here would rather have a private reef full of lionfish than have somebody kill them off of it who really doesn't give two cares about the private reef itself.....
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What if the spots are outside of the LARS area?
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Thanks for the questions and feedback.

The spots are "private" in the sense that they are not on a published reef list.

It would probably be best to use scenario #2 (kill only lionfish) on sites inside of a LAARS, and on numbers that were provided by other fishermen.

I have a very large book of numbers that I have collected over the past few years. I do not fish and I rarely spear anything but lionfish these days. I am sure that these sites are harboring plenty of lionfish. Unfortunately, the lionfish are eating tons of prey each day (literally). These are prey that would normally be available to our native fish.

Most of my numbers that I have visited are pyramids and chicken coops. However, I have only visited a small percentage of the numbers I have.

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Just an informal poll for the spear fishermen out there. How many of you would be willing to keep private spots clear of lionfish in exchange for the numbers?

Scenario #1 would allow you to shoot other fish on the reef.

Scenario #2 would allow you to shoot only lionfish.

The reefs would be checked once each year. If they are staying mostly lionfish-free, then you would be able to get more numbers. If not, then you would get no more numbers and the spot would be given to someone else to clean.

Any thoughts?
I'm in, numbers or not!!! Any excuse to get in the water...
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Would definently help with this project im out of destin but dive alot too the sw. Numbers would remain private as well as i have alot of private honey holes as well that i have been cleaning this summer.
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Would the private reef owner be privy to any fresh meat?
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Would the private reef owner be privy to any fresh meat?
What would you recommend?
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