We did a quick questions and answers session with Tyler.
Read below to see what he has to say about scuba, ZooKeeper, conservation and more.
Question: What was your first experience with a Lionfish?
“My first experience with a lionfish was in 2015 when I purchased a Zookeeper. I got stung trying to get it off the spear. I learned the need for heat to denature the sting. Capt Jim at Loggerhead showed me the trick of heating up a wet towel on the engine block and wrapping it around my finger.”
How did you come to be a partner with the ZooKeeper Team?
“Yes, lobster, other fish and of course marine debris!”
Question: How do you compare the ZooKeeper to other containment units? Why?
“Far superior! It is modular so I can take it apart for cleaning, part replacement and plus I can see all my catch to show off on the dive boat.”
What does conservation mean to you and how do you make a difference personally?
“Conservation has recently taken on new meaning. As a new dad, I want the ocean to be even better and more pristine for my son to see when he starts diving. Personally, I pick up as much marine debris as I can safely during dives. I also make choices like using reusable containers daily instead of single-use plastics and styrofoam.”
Tell us what you have been working on for the future.
“Currently working on offering more ocean conservation courses and partnering with other organizations to provide more educational value.”