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SUMMARY OF RECREATIONAL FISHING REGULATIONS

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According to the Fisheries Resources Act, “Fishery Resource(s)” means:

Fish of any kind found in the sea (other than species of tuna, which in the course of their life cycle, spawn and migrate over great distances in waters of the ocean) and includes living organisms belonging to sedentary species, that is to say, organisms which, at the harvestable stage, either are immobile or under the seabed or are unable to move except in constant physical contact with the seabed or the subsoil of the continental shelf.

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) 

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