The difference between spearing on scuba as opposed to freediving is like the difference between angling from a dock as opposed to angling from a boat. If you're against one, you have to be against the other. The anglers don't think spearos are "fair hunters" because they don't use their method of harvest. The freediving spearos think that scuba spearing should be outlawed, and meanwhile Rig is paying taxes that make sure that there are lots of fish for the commercial guys!! I realize that my statements are generalizations, and that not all of you think this way, but honestly! We all have differences of opinion! In my area you can't hunt deer with a rifle, only bow... I realize that this gives the deer more of a chance, but what about the deer that I see in the bush with an arrow sticking out of their hind quarter? Limping around for the rest of their lives? I'm not against bow hunting either, but the bowhunters think that it's great that you can't use firearms to hunt deer, when meanwhile the Disney fans are trying to ban bowhunting! :head
In my opinion (since we're all expressing our opinions!) I'm for living in a free country. Let's protect what needs to be protected, and allow what should be allowed. I have more difficulty with "catch and release" than with spearfishing. It's already been pointed out that alot of fish die after beeing stressed and injured by a hook. I remember fishing in the spring for catfish and panfish and accidently catching bass. Of course I'd let them go because they were out of season, but some of them were in really bad shape! All anglers have seen this for sure.
Let's all really think about what we advocate. I don't want to hunt dolphins, seals or whales, but I don't hate people who do. I don't hunt, angle, spearfish on scuba or free, but I'm not campaining to have them stopped! It's okay to have a preference, but try to see the bigger picture and don't try to impose your preference on others. If you don't mind eating fish, than you shouldn't be against any responsible, legal methods of harvesting fish. If you'll eat a Big Mac and wear a leather coat, then don't tell me that I can't hunt.
OK I'm done ranting!