CATCH LIMITS & CLOSED SEASONS
- Daily limit: no more than 6 conch per vessel at any time (not cumulative)
- Harvested conch must have a well-formed flared lip
CRAWFISH (SPINY LOBSTER)
- Daily catch limit: no more than 10 crawfish per vessel at any time (not cumulative)
- Annual closed season: April 1 – July 31
- Minimum Tail length of 5.5 inches
- Possession of egg bearing females and or removing eggs is not allowed
- Foreign persons are not allowed to use compressors or any compressed air device for fishing
REEF FISH (including rockfish, groupers, snappers)
- Daily catch limit: 20 fish or 60 lbs allowed per vessel.
- Annual closed season: Nassau Grouper, Dec. 1 – Feb 28
- Grouper and rockfish must weigh at least 3 lbs
- 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.
BILLFISH (Marlin, Sailfish or Swordfish)
- Release of any Billfish (such as Marlin, Sailfish or Swordfish) caught is mandatory, unless permitted under an approved tournament
- Maximum of 18 migratory fish (such as Kingfish, Dolphin, Tuna or Wahoo) allowed on board any vessel at any time
BONEFISH & TARPON
- The purchase and sale of bonefish is not allowed
- Netting of bonefish is not allowed
- All anglers are encouraged to use barbless hooks and release all their catch.
- Click here for more information on the Bahamian Flyfishing Regulations
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.
- Angling with a hook or lure attached to a line held in the hand or attached to a pole, rod or reel only
- A maximum of 6 rods or reels allowed per vessel, unless special permit is obtained
- Using a spear that has a trigger, a fish trap, or a net other than a landing net is not allowed unless a special permit is acquired
- Spearfishing within one mile of New Providence or the southern coast of Grand Bahama and 200 yards of a family island.
- 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.
PERMITS & LICENCES
A permit or license is required for:
- Foreign vessels to engage in sport fishing.
- To conduct foreign fishing for scientific or research purposes.
Read Full Fisheries Act and Regulations
For more Information contact The Department of Marine Resources:
Address: East Bay Street. P.O. Box N-3028 Nassau, The Bahamas
Telephone: 242-393-1777 Fax: 242-393-0238