SPEARFISHING (ECO-FISHING) AND FREEDIVING
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Fishing has largely been criticised in recent years due to the environmental impacts of overfishing. There is no doubt that commercial stocks of most fish in most fishing grounds are severely depleted and arguably in a majority of instances drastically overfished.
Fishing is unquestionably, the largest recreational activity in the world and this is especially true in Australia. Like all activities, it is the 1% that give a bad name to the 99% and fishers are no different.
Spearfishing is perhaps the most environmentally friendly form of fishing. Unlike other recreational fishing activities, the species to be captured can be specially targeted to ensure there is no harm or inadvertent taking of undersized or protected species. Done correctly, spearfishing is perhaps the most ethical form of fishing.
Nevertheless it is up to the individual spear fisher to follow sound guidelines and practices. Before pulling the trigger:
- be 100% sure of the species
- be 100% sure the fish is not undersize
- never indiscriminately and unnecessarily harm marine life
- don't harass other fish and marine life
- tread carefully, to not damage any marine life under foot and certainly NEVER stand on living corals
- if the fish has not died with the initial shot, kill the fish as matter of urgency as leaving it alive is cruel, unethical and unnecessary. It is also a great way to attract sharks and other predators.
Mudgee Dive and Travel stocks a great range of spearfishing equipment and products. We have everything you need to get started or to upgrade to 'bigger and better'.
Spear guns are available in a range of different sizes that are suitable for targeting different size fish and depths. An optimum size for a beginner would be something around the 1.1m.
Wetsuits provide insulation against the cold. Dive Gloves provide additional warmth but importantly when spearfishing they allow the spearo to safely hold and handle fish. Hoods provide additional warmth to the head and as most heat is lost here, the hood is especially important.
Good quality mask and snorkels are important. Masks allows you to see underwater, whilst the snorkelallows you to breath. Fins propel you through that water making it easier and faster to swim. Most spear fishers prefer the long blade fins as they provide more power for less effort.
High visibility floats or marker buoys are essential for warning boats and other marine traffic of your presence to avoid unnecessary mishaps. A Dive Knife is used to kill the fish once it has been speared, making it a vital piece of the equipment for the ethical spear fisher.
SPARES AND OTHER ACCESSORIES
Without inexpensive and easy to carry spare parts a great day's fishing can be unnecessarily ended.
FREEDIVER STARTER TRAINING KIT $595.00
INFLATABLE FLAG AND FLOAT $89
The history of Omersub begins in the late Seventies, in Northern Italy, with the specific mission of developing and manufacturing top quality spearguns for a few very demanding spearfishing champions. Valerio Grassi, the founder of Omersub, could then benefit from the experience of firearms manufacturer Beretta, directly involved in the start-up capital of Omersub, both in the design and manufacturing of high precision and unique spearguns and spearfishing accessories. Since then, Omersub has unceasingly pursued its original mission, reaching unique experiences in the application of new solutions for all products related to the mystical world of skindiving and spearfishing.
WRIST COMPUTER FOR FREEDIVING AND SPEARFISHING
SP1 is a freediving and spearfishing wrist computer. The Dive mode activates automatically with the water contact and resumes automatically after around 30 seconds from the water exit. During the dive, the display will show in real time: Instant depth, dive time, water temperature. Once on the surface, the SP1 indicates automatically the sur-face time. SP1 records up to 200 dives. We highly recommend to complete the battery replacement by a certificated Sporasub dealer to ensure its waterproofness and warranty.
WETSUITS - COMFORT AND WARMTH
GLOVES, SOCKS AND HOODS NEOPRENE PROTECTION
MASK SNORKEL AND FINS
Today, Seac is certainly a firm that sets benchmarks in the diving sector. Founded in 1971 as the brainchild of Attilio Rapallini and Marco Arata, more recently – thanks to the support of his son Daniele – the company is embarking on an important strategic renewal on several fronts: from the enrichment of the product lines to the expansion of the corporate organigram, from the repositioning of its image to the technological evolution in production. This impressive change has, however, left the true points of excellence that this company is known for unchanged; first of all, the inspection of each and every product, all verified and tested individually, a process that has always represented the crowning jewel of Seac.