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Sportsfishing Regulation UPDATE
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Posted by:Feb 5th 2007, 03:41:39 am
BrilandkidEle/DC powered reels and jigs is not sportsmen conduct and should be noted as such.
Posted by:Feb 4th 2007, 04:42:47 pm
Fig Tree News TeamLeslie Miller Speaks Up for Grouper Ban

Minister for Marine Resources Leslie Miller spoke up in favour of the moves by his Ministry to protect the grouper in The Bahamas during the spawning season which comes at the full moon in December to February.

He ridiculed Hubert Ingraham, the Leader of the Opposition, for suggesting that a ban on the grouper should be shifted to each island from month to month. Mr. Miller said that he looked up over The Bahamas and there is one moon that covers the whole country, so he learned something new when Mr. Ingraham suggested shifting from one island to the next from month to month. That meant that there is more than one moon in The Bahamas, a moon for each island. The crowd dissolved into laughter.

[From this week's]
Posted by:Jan 18th 2007, 03:39:48 pm
smittyDid I mention I'd like them over 10 pounds?
Posted by:Jan 18th 2007, 02:14:30 pm
MaddieJust a couple!
Posted by:Jan 18th 2007, 01:57:31 pm
smittyThis means you gotta leave a coupla Bonefish for me, Maddie
Posted by:Jan 18th 2007, 11:20:59 am
MaddieThis should be posted at the 2 marinas and given to every boat owner or capatain as they arrive at the marinas.
Posted by:Jan 17th 2007, 11:43:58 pm

Bahamas Information Services


The Department of Marine Resources wishes to advise the general public that the several amendments to the Regulations governing sportsfishing have been made and that these changes came into force on 1st January, 2007. The amendments which have been made to Regulation 48 of the Fisheries Regulations (Ch. 244 Subsidiary Legislation of The Bahamas 2000) have the effect of curtailing the amount of marine resources which can legally be harvested by foreign boaters visiting the Bahamas.

The general public is informed that Regulation 48 now reads:

48. (1) In sportsfishing the following rules apply-

a. A person shall fish by the traditional method of angling with a hook or lure attached to a line held in the hand or attached to a pole, rod or reel;

b. A person, unless otherwise authorized by the respective permit, shall not use a spear, a fish trap, or a net other than a landing net;

c. Each vessel shall use not more than six (6) rods or reels unless the operator is in possession of a permit authorizing the use of more rods or reels;

d. Any migratory fishery resource that is caught shall not in total consist of more than six (6) Kingfish, Dolphin, Tuna or Wahoo per vessel and any resource not intended to be used shall not be injured unnecessarily but be returned to the sea alive;

e. No vessel shall have on board any conch, turtle or more than twenty pounds of any demersal fishery resources (groupers, snappers, etc.) per vessel at any time and excluding not more than six crawfish per vessel.

(2) The limitations specified in (1)(d) and (e) shall also apply to a Bahamian vessel engaged in fishing for purposes other than commercial by persons who are not Bahamians;

3.Subject to paragraph (1) no vessel shall have on board any fish unless its head and tail is intact.

The general public is advised that the Queen Conch (conch) is considered to be an endangered species throughout much of its range within the wider Caribbean area, including The Bahamas. The Government, in an effort to ensure the continued sustainability of local conch stocks, has decided to prohibit the harvesting of the species by foreign boaters.

The general public is further informed that the changes to the Sportsfishing Rules may be found in the Gazette SI 79 of 2006 dated 28 December 2006.

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