Tournament Manual

Spearfishing Ground Rules

Tournament Director: Tafok Etpison
Contact Number: 680 488 1102
Email: marcytellei@hotmail.com

Technical Committee Meeting
It is proposed that the Underwater Fishing Technical Committee Meeting be held on Thursday, June 18, 2010, at 11:00a.m., at PNOC Conference Room.

Competition Date/Venue
The Belau Games Underwater Fishing competition will be held on June 20 and June 21, 2015. All participants will assemble at the Drop Off Bar & Grill for briefing before heading out to the respective fishing zones designated by the Tournament Director.

Competition Schedule
June 18, 2015 Thursday 5:00pm Opening Ceremony at PNG
June 18, 2015 Thursday 11:00am Technical Meeting at PNOC Con. Room
June 20, 2015 Saturday 8:00am - 4:00pm Day 1 Competition (Individual Event)
June 21, 2015 Sunday 8:00am – 4:00pm Day 2 Competition (Team Event)
June 21, 2015 Sunday 6:00pm Medal Award Ceremony at Drop Off
June 28, 2015 Sunday 5:00pm Closing Ceremony at PNG

Winning Criterion
The event is strictly a “Free Dive” underwater fishing competition. The objective is to catch and land the highest combined weight of fish.
(a) Individual Competition: The athlete with the heaviest total weight of fish caught and landed will be selected for the Gold Medal, the second for the Silver Medal, and the third for the Bronze Medal. The spear fishing competitors MUST NOT combine their catch. Each individual must turn in his own catch. All competing countries must provide their own safety diver (1) throughout the competition. An alternate athlete may serve as a safety diver, but as noted above, no safety divers may assist a competitor in the capturing or landing of any fish.
(b) Team Competition: A team consists of two athletes and one alternate representing a country. The team with the highest combined total weight of fish caught and landed by its two athletes and one alternate will be selected for the Gold Medal, the second for the Silver Medal and the third for the Bronze Medal. All competing countries must provide their own safety diver (1) throughout the competition. An alternate athlete may serve as safety diver, but as noted above, no safety divers my assist a competitor in the capturing or landing of any fish.

Fishing Zone
Fishing zones will be made known at the time the boats drop off all competitors. All fishermen will be taken to the same fishing zone each day. Anyone fishing outside the designated zone will be disqualified. A different fishing zone will be designated for each of the two days. All may begin fishing and must return to the boat before the end of five hours. Any fisherman still in the water after five hours on any day will be disqualified for that day.

Weigh and Recording
The weigh and recording of all catches will be handled by the event officials, but every fish being weighed must be confirmed by the Tournament Director.
All fish will be weighed individually. Each fish caught and turned in must weigh a minimum of 1 kilo (2.2lbs). Fish turned in which weight under 1 kilo will be disqualified.
Fishermen are required to bring in a catch from various species of reef fish and pelagic species such as Tuna and Marlin. Napoleon Wrasse, Humphead Parrotfish, Porcupine, Balloon Fish, Groupers and Cartilaginous fish such as Sharks, Turtles or Rays are NOT ALLOWED.

Competition Rules
1. All spear fishing competitors must meet the Eligibility Requirements as specified in the Belau Games Charter.

2. All spear fishing competitors must check out and check in at the Official Weigh Station.

3. All spear fishing athletes must be officially registered for the event competition prior to the check out time at the Official Weigh Station.

4. Each boat in the event competition must at all times have a monitoring official on board during the entire fishing activity.

5. All athletes, fishing gear, and boats must be inspected by the Tournament Director prior to leaving the Check Out Station.

6. The acceptable minimum weight for each single fish is 1 kilo (2.2 lbs). Each fish that is less than 1kilo (2.2 lbs) will be disqualified.

7. Fish can only be caught using a spear gun that has officially been inspected and certified by the Tournament Director.

8. Each athlete can possess no more than two (2) spear guns and (2) spears which must be certified by the Tournament Director. Only spear guns powered by rubber may be used during the spear fishing competition. An athlete may not have more than one spear gun in the water at any times during the competition. Any competitor losing all two spear guns may not continue with the event competition.

9. Spear fishing competitors are allowed to use an underwater dive mask, a snorkel, a pair of fins, a weight belt and a diving knife. They may use any type of clothing such as wet suit or any type of shorts or trunks.

10. No spear fishing competitor is allowed to use any type of underwater breathing apparatus such as scuba or other mechanisms or gadgets. This event competition is strictly “FREE DIVE”.

11. Spear fishing competitors are allowed to use string and approved floaters for the purpose of holding speared fishes only.

12. No person my assist a competitor in the capturing of a fish. Any person may assist a competitor in any life-threatening or emergency situations only.

13. Competitors are only allowed to fish inside the established fishing zone.

14. Competitors my not be under the influence of either alcohol or any illegal substance(s) during the event competition.

15. Competitors must abide by and respect the judgment of their boat operator/captain in safety situations, such as how close to the reef the operator is willing to go, ore how fast the boat should travel.

16. The failure to follow any of these rules will be grounds for disqualification of a competitor.

17. Any disagreement with officials must be respectfully voiced by the team captain or coach at the time it occurs. At the end of the event, a team captain or coach may confirm an expressed disagreement as an official protest by recording it on the score sheet. Protest should be recorded within thirty (30) minutes after the end of the event. Otherwise, the team captain or coach should sign the score sheet to ratify the outcome of the event.

18. Protests to the Jury of Appeal
Any written protest, verbally notifies the Tournament Director that a protest has been lodged and forwards the written protest (in English or Palauan and sign by the Coach or State Representative). A check or cash in the amount of $100.00 must be included with each protest.
The Jury of Appeal shall consult, all relevant persons, including the Tournament Director and Belau Game Chairman.

19. Strictly NO ALCOHOL during the time of the event.