Who We Are
SafeSpear, LLC, a South Carolina based company, was formed to market a new polespear system (US Patent No. 8,887,434 B2 and Bahamas Patent No. 2252) that allows for the harvest of dangerous marine animals, in as safe a manner as possible, most notably, the venomous lionfish (Pterois volitans), which have invaded the Southeastern U.S., Bermuda, The Bahamas, Caribbean and Central and South America. Gloves protect you from the venomous toxin in the spines of the lionfish, and a specially designed bag system (Patented) provides the best way for you to carry lionfish back to boat or shore as safely as possible. The SafeSpear Lionfish Kit includes the necessary tools so you can clean and prepare your lionfish catch more safely. Remove the dangerous lionfish from our ocean and prepare a delicious meal at the same time. Tasty lionfish recipes are included.
Gregg T. Waugh, President, has worked in fishery management for over 30 years. He was born and grew up in the Bahamas and is working to reduce or eliminate lionfish from Bahamian waters and South Atlantic waters. “Lionfish are not a part of my diving experience growing up around West End, Grand Bahama,” says Gregg. “I have spent my entire professional career protecting fishery resources, and in many instances this has resulted in limiting fishermen’s catch through management regulations. Lionfish represent an opportunity to promote commercial and recreational fishing to reduce the negative impacts from lionfish predation on native species and to give overfished species a chance to rebuild,” he went on to say.
Patents have issued in the United States (US Patent No. 8,887,434 B2) and in the Bahamas (Bahamas Patent No. 2252) covering spears and containers such as dive bags. Patent applications are pending in the United States covering additional spears and containers such as dive bags.