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SUMMARY OF COMMERCIAL FISHING REGULATIONS

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According to the Fisheries Resources Act “commercial” fishing means;

The fishing for any fishery resource for the purpose of subsequent sale whether the person fishing for the same does so on a full-time basis or parttime basis.

 

CATCH LIMITS & CLOSED SEASONS

CONCH
  • Harvested conch must have a well-formed flared lip.
CRAWFISH
  • Annual closed season: April 1 – July 31.
  • Minimum Tail length of 5.5”.
  • Possession of egg bearing females and or removing eggs is prohibited.
  • Use of compressors is restricted to the harvest of crawfish from August 1- March 3 within depth range of 30’-60’ and requires a permit.
SCALEFISH
  • Annual closed season: Nassau Grouper: Dec. 1 – Feb 28.
  • Grouper and rockfish must weigh at least 3lbs.
  • Netting bonefish is prohibited
  • The purchase and sale of bonefish is prohibited
STONE CRAB
  • Annual closed season: June 1 – October 15.
  • Capture, possession or sale of fresh stone crab is prohibited during the closed season.
  • Possession or sale of stone crab claws measuring less than 4” is prohibited.

PROHIBITED FISHING GEAR AND METHODS

Use of any of the following is prohibited in Bahamian waters:

      • Bleach or other noxious or poisonous substances
      • Firearms or explosives
      • Scuba gear spear guns.

PROTECTED SPECIES

      • Marine mammals: capture or molestation is prohibited.
      • Corals: harvest is prohibited.
      • Marine turtles: harvest, possession, purchase or sale of turtle, turtle parts and/or eggs and interfering with nests is prohibited.
      • Sharks: sale, import and export of sharks, shark parts and shark product is prohibited.

Read Full Fisheries Act and Regulations

Fisheries Resources Act (click here)

Fisheries Regulations (click here) 

Address: East Bay Street. P.O. Box N-3028 Nassau, The Bahamas

Telephone: 242-393-1777

Fax: 242-393-0238

Email: fisheries@bahamas.gov.bs

Website: www.bahamas.gov.bs/marineresources