1969 27 June
The N.S.W. Government has banned the use of self – contained underwater breathing apparatus (Scuba gear) for spearfishing.
The Chief Secretary, Mr. E.A. Willis, said that the new regulations issued yesterday under the Fisheries and Oyster Farms act would make it an offence to take or attempt to take any fish except abalone while wearing the apparatus.
In effect the only breathing device that can be used is a snorkel.
Mr. Willis said the regulations had been recommended by the NSW Amateur Fishermen’s Advisory Council, and had been endorsed by the Underwater Skindivers and Fishermen’s Association.
The USFA of NSW Committee expects every affiliated club and member to respect and enforce this law, aimed at conservation, and report any breach of same.
From: Australian Skindivers Magazine July/August 1969