Customizable Spear for LIONFISH Fishing / Hunting

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Customizable Spear for LIONFISH Fishing / Hunting by bustmold Feb 26, 2013

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"Removing 20 lionfish on a single dive equates to saving approximately 300,000 juvenile fish over a one-year period,"said Dr Dayne Buddo of the University of the West Indies' Discovery Bay Marine Lab (UWI-DBML).
Lionfish are the first exotic species to invade coral reefs. They have multiplied at a rate that is almost unheard of in marine history, going from nonexistent to pervasive in just a few short years. Along the way, they've eaten or starved out local fish, disrupted commercial fishing, and threatened the tourism industry. Some experts believe that lionfish are so widespread that their effect on the ecosystems of the Western Atlantic will be almost impossible to reverse. Still, some people are determined to try, if only to protect those waters which haven't yet been invaded.
Download the world's first 3D-printable fully customizable dive spear for lionfish hunting designed by Mold Busters to protect the reefs and the environment.


Check out version1 - fully cutomizable dive spear - http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:49778

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It can be customized by many parameters. Check it out - It's really cool!

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all I need is printable diving gear

Since the OP is a marine-biologist that's cool.
As an amateur diver myself, I would want this thing mounted on a 5 foot staff, I sure as hell do not want to get anywhere NEAR a lionfish.

:) its true, you don't want to be stung by the lionfish
We are working on extendable version of the spear. You would be able to print modular parts and extend the length of the spear

I would recommend just making the spear part so that it can be attached to PVC pipe or metal conduit.. That would ultimately make things stronger when it comes to making it longer.. Because if you make multiple parts it has more of a chance of breaking.

So awesome. I had just finished a vector portrait of a Lion fish the day before finding this.

Nice! FWIW I think your defaults are a bit large given the size of a lot of the lionfish in the Caribbean. Take a look at the video in the article I wrote yesterday for Advanced Aquarist: http://www.advancedaquarist.com/blog/lionfish-eradication-measures-having-an-effecthttp://www.advancedaquarist.co...

Hi Shane,
Thank you for your comments. we are still playing around with settings and will keep updating it.
Great article, good points are being raised. The stats from your article make our efforts very important : "Removing 20 lionfish on a single dive equates to saving approximately 300,000 juvenile fish over a one-year period,"said Dr Dayne Buddo of the University of the West Indies' Discovery Bay Marine Lab (UWI-DBML)

I will be going to Cuba in couple of weeks and will have a chance to try out different designs and prints. Out of all the places in Caribbean I went diving at, Cuba has the most lionfish as there is completely no awareness and the locals are really afraid of lionfish. I will take pictures, videos and document this trip. Any way you can write an article about our efforts? Will keep you update.

Sure thing! I think you already have my contact info?

yes, I do. I will send you updates!