After returning from a trip to Freeport in 2008 and hearing about all the lionfish observed by family and friends while diving, Gregg sketched out the design for a modified lionfish polespear and lionfish bag system. The design sat on his desk for almost a year before continued stories about the invasive lionfish prompted Gregg to dust off the original sketches and begin working on a prototype. Gregg’s son, Andrew Cogswell (Sales Manager), made the prototype in their home in Walterboro, SC, and his daughter, Margaret Cogswell (Website Manager), drew the initial designs for the “Lionfish Buster”. Polespear manufacturers were researched to find someone to make a high-quality, reliable product. SafeSpear, LLC eventually contracted with noted Gat-Ku polespear maker Dustin McIntyre to manufacture a new Lionfish Polespear System (Patent Pending) that allows you to harvest lionfish while maintaining a safe distance from them. “We are only interested in working with the best, and the product Dustin makes is top-notch,” says Gregg.
Gregg and his wife Lisa (Vice President), worked with Andrew and Margaret to form SafeSpear, LLC in early 2009 in South Carolina where SafeSpear is located. Website design, product searches, field trials, etc. consumed much of the remainder of 2009. The website was launched, and the first SafeSpear Lionfish Polespears were available in April 2010.