The National Conservation Council told Cayman 27 future speargun licencing could hinge upon approval of the DOE’s expanded Marine Parks map.
Last week, the council approved a new regulatory regime for spearfishing, part of the preparations necessary to prepare the final two sections of the National Conservation Law for implementation. But some council members reportedly expressed reservations about the issuance of such licenses, citing overfishing concerns.
Christine Rose-Smyth told Cayman 27 via telephone from Cayman Brac there are many hurdles to be met for Caymanians to qualify for a spearfishing license. She said the new regulatory regime lays out who may apply for the license and under what circumstances.
Fishermen argue that spearfishing is a very selective method, taking only specifically targeted fish of appropriate size and species, as compared to line fishing which catches indiscriminately.
The National Conservation Council estimates there are around 300-400 licensed spearguns in use today.