The National Freshwater Spearfishing Association abides by the Spearfishing Code of Conduct. We promote ethical spearfishing practices. Here are a few things to do to help the fisheries, the environment, and protect our natural resources
Spearfishing is the most ecological way of catching fish. There is zero “BY CATCH” when using a speargun to obtain fish. “BY CATCH” is a term used by biologists and conservationists to describe the accidental killing of non-targeted species such as other fish.
The only time a fish is killed by a spearo and is not eaten is when the fish killed has been determined by state and federal authorities as a threat to the environment such as non native species, causing environmental destruction to native fish populations. In this case, federal or state authorities, acting on scientific data provided by expert biologists, often call on spearos to help eliminate the destructive, non native fish in an effort to save the natural aquatic ecosystem. The selective elimination of these fish can only be done by using a speargun to ensure that native wildlife are not harmed in the process.
Spearfishing Code of Conduct
A responsible Spearo:
- Values and respects the aquatic environment and all living things in it.
- Employs the selectivity of spearfishing to take only what is needed.
- Uses patience and awareness in targeting fish, and avoids undersized or overfished species to help ensure healthy fish stocks now and into the future.
- Recognizes the limits of their ability, experience and equipment, only pursuing prey when there is a high likelihood of success.
- Strives to dispatch their selected fish in a prompt and effective manner.
- Processes their catch to maintain quality and avoid waste.
- Undertakes to learn and comply with applicable laws and regulations and follows safe spearfishing practices.
- Helps others to enjoy and respect the aquatic environment through exemplary conduct and mentorship.
- Recognizes the significance of promoting accurate perceptions of spearfishing.
- Upholds the highly selective, honorable and ethical nature of responsible spearfishing.