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SUMMARY OF SPORT FISHING REGULATIONS

FOR VISITORS TO THE BAHAMAS HOME

CATCH LIMITS & CLOSED SEASONS

CONCH
  • 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
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.
BILLFISH (Marlin, Sailfish or Swordfish)
  • Release of any Billfish (such as Marlin, Sailfish or Swordfish) caught is mandatory, unless permitted under an approved tournament
DEEP SEA
  • Maximum of 18 migratory fish (such as Kingfish, Dolphin, Tuna or Wahoo) allowed on board any vessel at any time
BONEFISH & TARPON

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.

GEAR RULES

      • 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.

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.

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

Fisheries Resources Act (click here)

Fisheries Regulations (click here) 

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

Email: fisheries@bahamas.gov.bs

Website: www.bahamas.gov.bs/marineresources