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Flats fishing regulation of 2017 suspended

NASSAU, The Bahamas, 24 April, 2018…..   News that the Government has suspended the Flats Fishing Regulations has been welcomed by the Association of Bahamas Marinas, which had protested the passing of the regulations when they were passed in 2017 out of concern for a detrimental impact on the country’s appeal as a destination for fishing enthusiasts.

The association regrets that its concern has, in fact, proved to be well founded, given reports of a subsequent decline as high as 40 percent in bookings at bonefish lodges.

Now experiencing a bumper season in marina activity, the association regards the government’s decision as well timed and expects it will give the fishing lodges an opportunity to regain momentum and re-establish The Bahamas’ reputation as a premier fly-fishing destination.

Marina users spend large amounts purchasing goods and services in The Bahamas. Boaters, drawn to The Bahamas to fish will purchase fuel, groceries, supplies and repairs, gifts and souvenirs, entertainment, taxi services, food and beverages. The association recognises the impact the 2017 regulations has had on lodges, taxi drivers and Family Island communities and hails the government’s decision as well-timed.

The ABM expressed relief that onerous and impractical regulations will not now place a damper on the country’s ability to capitalise on the buoyant market conditions in the US and is convinced that  regulations can be developed that will serve the interest of both supplier and consumer, while generating even greater economic benefits for the country.

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Is Flo’s Conch Bar still open?

Anyone know if still open and operating?

Tried e-mail and phone without success

Headed over to Bahamas 4/30 from Key Largo, Fl to Bimini, Chubb and Berry’s.

Thanks
Carter Hopkins
Amazing Grace
Chop15802@gmail.com

 

Family Island Regatta begins April 25, 2018

The National Family Island Regatta begins Wednesday, April 25 in Elizabeth Harbour, Exuma.

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New flights to Bimini

Now there are now even more options for getting to Bimini Sands!
Bahamas Air will start service to South Bimini in May. They will offer flights from Miami 4 days a week.
FRS Caribbean offers ferry service to north Bimini.
Tropic Ocean Airways offers regular service to north Bimini and private charters to north and south.

 

New Source of Diesel Fuel

 

Thanks to John Gula for finding more economical fuel prices for cruisers. The power plant on the south shore of Russell Island (near Spanish Wells, Eleuthera) has a pier at longitude 76* 46.36’ W. They sell diesel at a reduced price. We verified the current price below.

$3.22 gal.VISA/MC accepted. SEE EXPLORER CHART EL 9.

Open to all vessels. This is a power plant co-op.

St. George’s Cay Power Co. Ltd.
Mr. Roylaton McKenzie
Operations Manager
1-242-333-4481/4407
1-242-559-3068
e-mail royliston@yahoo.com

New fuel and dockage survey January 19, 2018

A new survey of dockage and fuel prices has been completed and posted showing most of the marinas offering these services in the Bahamas. Some we were unable to contact at the present time and they are shown in red.

Please go to our website www.explorercharts.com under Fuel and Dockage Prices to check our latest findings. We will be updating continuously as we get new information.

Exhibit of Bahamian Art

If you are in the Stuart, FL area from now until February 25, 2018, you won’t want to miss a fabulous exhibit of the work of several Bahamian artists. The exhibit is at the Elliott Antique Automobile Museum at Stuart Beach. A variety of artists, some of whom were born in the 1800s, will bring joy to your eyes and heart. While you are there, you can also see numerous vintage vehicles as well as wooden speedboats, motorcycles, and  lots of other antique artifacts. Enjoy!

Development on Great and Little Stirrup Cay

At the top of the Berry Island chain construction continues to turn Great and Little Stirrup Cays into a tourist fantasy land. A tower is under construction near the cruise ship beach on Great Stirrup Cay and the report of a pier to be built is on Little Stirrup Cay along with a large water park. Little Stirrup Cay (Co Co Cay) is owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd and Great Stirrup Cay is owned by Norwegian Cruise Lines. Vessels in the area should use caution and expect cruise ships approaching and departing this area.

South Berry Islands Marine Reserve

We have received information of the existence of the South Berry Islands Marine Reserve. The information was forwarded by the Berry Islands Club and more information can be found at https://www.bahamas.com/vendor/southern-berry-islands-marine-reserve and a map of the reserve can be found at http://parkscaribbean.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/South-Berry-Islands-Marine-Reserve-Management-Plan-2009-2013.pdf

John Dial, General Manager of the Berry Islands Club advises that the Reserve will be patrolled this year by the Bahamas Constable and no fishing is allowed. Boaters should mark their charts to avoid fishing in the area.

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Turks and Caicos Marinas Report

We have finally been able to get in touch with the marinas in the Turks and Caicos (mainly Providenciales). Hurricane Irma did some damage but most are recovering and back in operation. Here’s what we found:

Blue Haven: The floating docks were greatly damaged. There is no power or water on the docks currently. They are able to pump fuel and have limited dockage. There is minor shoaling in the channel and they will pilot boats in. The controlling depth is reported to be 10 feet.

Caicos Marina and Shipyard: We weren’t able to speak to anyone there because they are still without electricity and phone service. The report we received was that there was unknown damage to the docks, but it is believed that the channel into the marina is still accessible.

Southside Marina: They fared the best as they were small and better protected. The docks are open. They have electricity and fuel and other normal services. They channel has been re-marked with little change.

Turtle Cove Marina: They had extensive damage to their docks, but they have over half of their docks are back in service now. They will still pilot yachts into the marina. Channel depth has changed little.

The waypoints on the charts still mark the proper approach to the channels. We have been told that the routes in have changed little. The area has been receiving several transient boats recently.

We will continue to update you as we get more information.

Monty Lewis

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