The Rocky Mountain 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 Code of Conduct
The Responsible Spearfisher:
1. Values and respects the marine environment and all living things in it.
2. Employs the selectivity of spearfishing to take only what is needed.
3. Uses patience and awareness in targeting fish, and avoids undersized or overfished species to help ensure healthy fish stocks now and into the future.
4. Recognizes the limits of their ability, experience and equipment, only pursuing prey when there is a high likelihood of success.
5. Strives to dispatch their selected fish in a prompt and effective manner.
6. Processes their catch to maintain quality and avoid waste.
7. Undertakes to learn and comply with applicable laws and regulations and follows safe spearfishing practices.
8. Helps others to enjoy and respect the marine environment through exemplary conduct and mentorship.
9. Recognizes the significance of promoting accurate perceptions of spearfishing.
10. Upholds the highly selective, honorable and ethical nature of responsible spearfishing.
Spearfishing Forever ™
Thoroughly wash out all of your dive equipment and boats with hot water and let it dry. The Rocky Mountain states and surrounding states are having problems with and invasive species called the quagga mussels (Dreissena rostriformis bugensis). We don’t want to have these little critters in our lakes as they have been known to be damaging to the environment.
More information on quagga mussels here…
Abide by your state fish and game regulations with limits and restrictions regarding where you can and cant dive. Not all lakes and reservoirs are open to spearfishing.
“I kill what I eat. I eat what I kill.”
If you think it is wrong for an individual to use a speargun to take fish from a lake or reservoir for the purpose of consumption with zero negative impact to the environment, while in full compliance with state and federal game laws, please review the following scientifically proven and indisputable facts.
True spear fishermen and spear fisherwomen take only fish that they eat.
Prior to killing a targeted fish, the spear fisherman or spear fisherwoman will first review the following prior to taking the shot:
1. Will this fish be eaten?
2. Is this specie of fish legal to harvest?
3. Does this fish meet the required legal size?
4. Can this fish be harvested without harming any non targeted wildlife?
If the spear fisherman or spear fisherwoman cannot answer “YES” to all of the above listed questions, the fish is not taken.
The only time a fish is killed by a spear fisherman and is not eaten is when the fish killed has been determined by federal authorities as a threat to the environment such as non native species, causing environmental destruction to native fish populations. In this case, federal authorities, acting on scientific data provided by expert biologist, often call on spear fishermen and women to help eliminate the destructive, non native fish in an effort to save the natural aquatic eco system. The selective elimination of these fish can only be done by using a speargun to ensure that native fish as well as other wildlife and plant life are not harmed in the process.
Read this amazing article about whether or not Spearfishing is ethical by David Hochman