bura your English is outstanding so no problems there.I would not declare spearfishing as uderwater hunting or as an sport. It is not problem if we declare spearfishing as a sport. Real problem is in people heads which condemn spearfishers.And why?? We may catch 5 kg of fish + capital per day. As I already said without scuba equipment and only by day. People are wathcing spearfishers who are catching more then a 5 kg per day, they are watching scuba divers with spearguns, they are watching scuba divers catching fish during night. And then they put them in the same basket with us. They put poachers and real spearfishers which are paying their licences and who abide by the rules in the same basket. Then they are saying "all" spearfishers this or that. Somebody who is catching with a driftnet in one catch can catch more then a few pearfishers in a lifetime. What about that?
That is what people are saying. We are less "dangerous" for rest of fishing population if we are declared as athletes then "cleaners of the sea"(the "population" that has an impact on legislation). Belive me because I know.
Sorry because of my bad english. I hope that you can understand writen. :king
I understand your point, you are saying that if the wider population in your country sees spearfishing as a sport or spearo's as athletes then the overall perception of spearfishing would improve from its current status as viewing spearo's as 'cleaners of the sea'... which would be exactly the deception that I am objecting to.
Your country with its regulation (licensing) of spearfishing has done exactly what I'm hoping to avoid here in the UK. Spearfishing under the guise of sport probably originated in the Med and disguising it historically as a sport clearly didn't do you guys any favors. Spearfishing is now widely accepted as one of the most sustainable ways to take life from the sea and if we in the UK continue to allow spearfishing to be associated hypocritically with sport rather than coming clean as underwater hunters & accepting/promoting the responsibility it entails... we could well end up in the same situation as spearo's in your part of the world. Where it seems that the past association (and all that comes with it) with sport has created your so called 'sport fishing license'... and yes that seems very unfair when its totally obvious that it was commercial overfishing that actually raped the Med and most probably nothing to do with spearfishing. You have my sympathies!
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