When divers get started in spearfishing, they often benefit from the guidance of more experienced divers. As guides or mentors, those divers provide lessons that help less experienced divers develop their skills and understanding of spearfishing. This is part of the SPUC mission since our founding.
Since ancient times, oceans, lakes and rivers have provided a source of food for humanity, as well as generated a sense of wonder. What was initially believed to be unlimited in supply is now understood to require responsible management and stewardship. True hunters recognize the essential nature of such wisdom and incorporate it into their diving, fishing and hunting practices.
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. Processes their catch to maintain quality and avoid waste.
6. Undertakes to learn and comply with applicable laws and regulations and follows save spearfishing practices.
7. Helps others to enjoy and respect the marine environment through exemplary conduct and mentorship.
8. Recognizes the significance of promoting accurate perceptions of spearfishing.
9. Upholds the highly selective, honorable and ethical nature of responsible spearfishing.
A CHOICE ‐ Spearfishing is one of the most selective methods known for harvesting fish.
A COMMITMENT – The spearfishing community is committed to encouraging responsible spearfishing and believes that promotion of this Spearfishing Code of Conduct can help chart a path to a better future.
A PATH FORWARD – By setting forth basic principles reflecting the selective nature of spearfishing, this Code of Conduct seeks to educate and guide divers as they participate in spearfishing and progress into becoming exemplary mentors to others.