Main Menu
Join Undercurrent on Facebook

The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975 | |
For Divers since 1975
The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975
"Best of the Web: scuba tips no other
source dares to publish" -- Forbes
June 2018    Download the Entire Issue (PDF) Available to the Public Vol. 44, No. 6   RSS Feed for Undercurrent Issues
What's this?

When Sport Divers Meet Spearfishers

from the June, 2018 issue of Undercurrent   Subscribe Now

Jacob Dalhoff Steensen of Paralenz, the Danish manufacturer of the diver's POV camera, wrote to Undercurrent concerning spearfishing. The ecologically minded company has put together a code-of-conduct for spearfishing, urging spearfishers to restrict themselves to unendangered species, and to follow local laws on legal catches, size restrictions, closed seasons and protected marine areas. The goal is to spear sustainably.

Paralenz urges spearfishers to only catch what they are going to eat and to prevent injuring and losing fish.

All well and good. But in most countries, it is illegal to spearfish on scuba. Not so throughout the U.S. So when Paralenz urges spearfishers to respect other ocean enthusiasts, it reminds us that scuba divers often find themselves sharing the water (especially around Florida's shallower wrecks) with divers equipped to kill things.

It's not a good feeling to come face-to-face with a diver with a powerful supergun, primed and ready to shoot, as I once did in the confines of the Spiegel Grove wreck in the Florida Keys. At best, it takes the fun out of a dive.

-- John Bantin

I want to get all the stories! Tell me how I can become an Undercurrent Online Member and get online access to all the articles of Undercurrent as well as thousands of first hand reports on dive operations world-wide

Find in  

| Home | Online Members Area | My Account | Login | Join |
| Travel Index | Dive Resort & Liveaboard Reviews | Featured Reports | Recent Issues | Back Issues |
| Dive Gear Index | Health/Safety Index | Environment & Misc. Index | Seasonal Planner | Blogs | Free Articles | Book Picks | News |
| Special Offers | RSS | FAQ | About Us | Contact Us | Links |

Copyright © 1996-2024 Undercurrent (
3020 Bridgeway, Ste 102, Sausalito, Ca 94965
All rights reserved.