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Posted By: James Pearce

Spearfishing - 06/27/10 05:34 PM

What happened to the spear gun thread?

//ambergriscaye.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/381534/spear_guns.html

It would actually be good to know what the rules, regulations and 'local expectations' are for spearfishing etc.

(I don't currently do so, but might be interested in...)
Posted By: hazzyy

Re: Spearfishing - 06/27/10 06:04 PM

uh oh.... smile
Posted By: hazzyy

Re: Spearfishing - 06/27/10 06:12 PM

You can go to the Hol Chan office on the side street by the lagoon side gas station next to Varela's Lumber and talk to them. They also have a printout of the up to date fishing size requirements for conch, lobster, etc...

Basically what applies to other types of fishing applies to spearfishing plus some basic common sense things. For example, don't shoot the pretty reef fish, don't touch coral (with spear equipment, fins, hands, etc...for that matter try not to kick up sand/sediment on the coral) I'm sure others will have some info to contribute.
Posted By: James Pearce

Re: Spearfishing - 06/27/10 06:47 PM

Constructive info - thanks ;-)
Posted By: elbert

Re: Spearfishing - 06/27/10 10:27 PM

I can tell you now what they say and save you a trip.
spear fishing practices halted
The Belize Fisheries Department has legislated a ban in spear fishing
The new statutory instrument states that: No person shall engage or attempt to engage, or assist a person to engage in spearfishing, of any kind, within a Marine Reserve. A person within any Marine Reserve who possesses any of the following equipment on board a vessel, or on his person will be presumed to be engaging in or to be attempting to engage in spearfishing; a) speargun, b) polespear, c) hand spear, d) Hawaiian Sling e) iki jime or kill spike f) any other elastic, pneumatic powered, or mechanically powered speargun or sling.

and also be aware if you just have one in your boat when your in any of the zones below or even stuffed up in the bow with no intention of using it they can impound your boat and arrest the captain and have a history of doing so.
If you need a definition of 'Marine Reserve' it includes Conservation Zone,Preservation Zone,General Use Zone, National Park and Recreation Zone.
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Posted By: A C

Re: Spearfishing - 06/27/10 11:27 PM

Originally Posted by James Pearce
What happened to the spear gun thread?

//ambergriscaye.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/381534/spear_guns.html

It would actually be good to know what the rules, regulations and 'local expectations' are for spearfishing etc.

(I don't currently do so, but might be interested in...)


i got bored with the pissing match between Ernie and myself, and asked marty to delete it. The thread was no longer useful.
Posted By: elbert

Re: Spearfishing - 06/27/10 11:39 PM

Lets keep it useful.
Its called 'Spearfishing ' now.
Posted By: A C

Re: Spearfishing - 06/28/10 12:04 AM

ive heard that you cant spear fish with scuba gear (should be a no brainer), and you cant spear fish of a kayak if you are anchored down. This seems like a dumb law/rule, but it came from a local. Any verification on this?
Posted By: krehfish

Re: Spearfishing - 06/28/10 12:12 AM

Do you now need a fishing license?
Posted By: elbert

Re: Spearfishing - 06/28/10 03:26 PM

AC and krehfish
Yep it should be a nobrainer about the tank on the back but not in Florida.Definitely in Belize.
AC a lot of those type law/rules stories are pure BS, esp. if it came from a local, checked with fisheries and there is no such rule, however were trying to put regulations on canoe, kayak and other types of rec water sports vehicles that only allow them to be used if tied to approved buoys, in other words no anchoring or attaching to corals.
Yes you need a fishing lic. The treatment you get if caugh spearing in or out of a reserve is nasty. they can take your boat and jail you and have a record of doing so.
Licenses are easy to get $100. bz a year and Captain Sharks sells them. They also sell by the day and month.

Posted By: hazzyy

Re: Spearfishing - 06/28/10 05:14 PM

Good info. Remember that spearfishing is only halted in the area's that Elbert mentioned, the reserves. Elbert when I read the first couple sentences in your post above "I can tell you now what they say and save you a trip. spear fishing practices halted" I think a little tear formed in my eye!!! smile But then I read on and realized that you were referring to the reserve areas.

As for the kayaks, you can fish out of them but do anchor them sandy areas or tie up to buoys. Don't tie your rope to a nice lively piece of coral. If it's a nice flat day just tie the rope to your ankle and pull it around. And as always...DON'T SHOOT THE PRETTY FISH"
Posted By: elbert

Re: Spearfishing - 06/28/10 06:52 PM

hazzyy, just to clarify a little, in some areas of the parks fishing is allowed and the purpose of some of the reserved area is to help fishing but not spearfishing in any of the park areas.
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