Does Spearfishing Kill the Fish?

Spearfishing is a method of fishing that has been used for centuries. It involves the use of a spear or other sharp object to catch fish. Spearfishing is an efficient and sustainable form of fishing, and it can be done from shore, from boats, or even underwater with the help of snorkeling or free-diving gear.

Spearfishing is much more selective than other types of fishing because it allows anglers to Target specific fish species. This means that only the desired fish are caught, reducing bycatch and habitat destruction. It also allows larger fish to be harvested without depleting populations, as smaller fish are less likely to be Targeted.

Spearfishing can also benefit the environment in other ways. The use of spears or harpoons is much less damaging to the ocean floor than traditional trawl nets or longlines, which can cause immense damage when they are dragged across the seabed. As well as this, spearfishers help to keep populations in balance by Targeting larger predatory species such as tuna and grouper that can deplete reef fish populations if left unchecked.

Spearfishing also has its drawbacks, however. It requires skill and knowledge in order to select and catch the right species of fish in an ethical way. There have been instances where inexperienced spearfishers have injured or killed non-Target species such as turtles and dolphins due to lack of experience or understanding of how to safely wield a spear underwater.


Overall, while spearfishing can be a sustainable way of catching fish when done correctly, it does still involve killing the fish that are caught. Therefore it is important for anglers to understand their local regulations and take appropriate safety measures when engaging in this type of fishing activity.

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Lindsay Collins