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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

French Polynesia 2015 - Traditional Professions - Hunter





ISSUE DATE: 29 January 2015
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Spearfishing is an ancient method of fishing that has been used throughout the world for millennia. 



Early civilizations were familiar with the custom of spearing fish from rivers and streams using sharpened sticks.
Today modern spearfishing makes use of elastic powered spearguns and slings, or compressed gas pneumatic powered spearguns, to strike the hunted fish. Specialised techniques and equipment have been developed for various types of aquatic environments and target fish.
Spearfishing may be done using free-diving, snorkelling, or scuba diving techniques. Spearfishing while using scuba equipment is illegal in some countries. The use of mechanically powered spearguns is also outlawed in some countries and jurisdictions. Spearfishing is highly selective, normally uses no bait and has no by-catch.


There are references to fishing with spears in ancient literature - though, in most cases, the descriptions do not go into detail. An early example from the Bible is in Job 41:7:



"Canst thou fill his [Leviathan] skin with barbed irons? or his head with fish spears?"




Speargun
The basic components of a speargun are:
- spear
- stock/barrel
- handle/grip containing a trigger mechanism Spearguns are usually from 0.5 m to 2 m (1.5 ft to 6.5 ft) long, round or roughly rectangular from 28 mm - 75 mm (1 in to 3 in) in diameter/width.

The two most common types are:

Rubber (or band) powered - which are the simplest and cheapest to maintain, with rubber being the predominant type.
Air powered (Pneumatic).








Traditional professions - Hunter / Métiers traditionnels - chasseur 
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