While recreational fishing is a popular and important activity enjoyed by anglers worldwide, it can pose serious negative impacts on the local environment when mismanaged. Fishing involves high levels of human-wildlife interaction, and thus it is important to gather data on anglers to understand fishing behaviours, motivations, opinions towards conservation, and much more. Human dimensions research can be very beneficial for fisheries management by highlighting potential management pathways or factors that may need to be addressed which may not be easily seen through biological evidence (e.g., harmful fishing practices, non-compliancy of regulations). We are working closely with the American Shark Conservancy to understand both the ecological and social dimensions of shore-based shark fishing in Florida. Shore fishing is popular worldwide and is accessible to all people compared to charter fishing. For more information go here.
1. Understand and characterize the shore-based shark fishery in Florida: who it includes, how big is the fishery, how do they fish, why do the fish, how they perceive management and conservation of sharks.
2. Identify areas for potential improvement for conservation strategies.
This project is funded in part by the Save Our Seas Foundation ™ and Microwave Telemetry, Inc. and the generous donations by the ASC community. This project is also supported by our kind volunteer anglers. We are currently using Lotek PSATLIFE (pop-up satellite archival tags) tags and are operating under a Special Activities License (SAL) authorized by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.