Fishing Regulations (1/14))

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Updated 4/2014

To protect the marine environment, possession of spear guns and spear fishing using scuba gear are illegal in The Bahamas, although free diving with a Hawaiian sling is permitted.


Permits can be obtained from Customs officials at ports of entry. Fishing gear is restricted to hook and line and you may not fish with more than six rods at a time.

Bag limits

Lobster or Crawfish: Six tails per person, at any time. Annual closed season is 1 April to 31 July. Minimum size limits are 3 3/8" carapace length or 6" tail length. Egg-bearing female crawfish are protected.


Harvesting and possession of conch without a well-formed lip is prohibited. Bag limit at any time is 10 per vessel.


Six fish per person, in any combination.

Stone Crabs

Closed season is 1 June to 15 October. Minimum harvestable claw is 4". Harvesting of females is prohibited.


Illegal to import although legal to eat in The Islands of The Bahamas.


A Hawaiian sling is the only approved spearfishing device. Use of scuba gear or an air compressor to harvest fish, conch, crawfish and other marine animals is prohibited. Spearfishing is not allowed within 1.6 km off the coast of New Providence, within 1.6 km off the south coast of Freeport or Grand Bahama Island, or within 200 yards off the coast of all the Out Islands. Spearing or taking marine animals by any means is prohibited within national sea parks.

Vessel bag limit

20 pounds of scalefish, 10 conchs and 6 crawfish per person may be exported from The Islands of The Bahamas. Closed season on grouper from Dec-Mar.


Article Edited on Sunday, 06 September 2015 20:13  

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