Spearfishing is big on sustainability, taking only what you need and being selective about what you catch. In times of convenience and affordability, we’ve lost appreciation for the food we eat and the natural cycle of putting food we’ve personally hunted or gathered onto the table.
So spearfishing has become one of the most sustainable methods of fishing for many reasons:
- No need to use bait
- No effect on the ecosystem
- No effect on colonies of wildlife and their homes
- No by-catch
- Fish live a healthy life
- Fish have a fair chance escape
- No harm to the surrounding environment
- No gear loss
- No use of plastic
- No non-targeted species impact
- No waste
- Food appreciation
Spearfishing also doesn’t trash the bottom of the ocean like fishing trawlers do, which are heavy fishing nets that are pulled along the bottom of the ocean to catch a large and incredibly unsustainable amount of fish. Often catching juvenile fish, non-targeted species such as sharks, dolphins and whales, as well as damaging coral reefs and homes.
The fish caught in these trawlers often go to waste due to not being as fresh when they eventually reach the market. There’s also more satisfaction knowing that you don’t have to go to the local supermarket for your seafood, where you don’t know how long ago it was caught, if it was caught ethically and where it’s come from.
You’ll also visit untouched nature and meet the friendly creatures of the deep. Aside from chasing your lunch, there are so many places to see such as caves, coral systems and you’ll see sea turtles, manta rays and sunfish in their natural habitat. We were lucky enough to see dolphins and a dugong during our latest trips, which were very curious of us and interested to see us spearfishing!