The minute you see them, you want to jump in – the clear, cool, and absolutely alluring waters in and around The Bahamas. If you’re the sporting type (or just plain hungry), your plunge might also serve a purpose – fishing. Specifically, spearfishing. Bahamas spearfishing is simply among the best anywhere.
Before you can get on with turning sea life into seafood, though, it’s best to know the rules.
I know, I know – The Islands of The Bahamas are so laid back that it often seems like there are no rules. In the Out Islands, the vibe is especially chill. Anything goes, right?
The undersea environs of The Bahamas haven’t remained a pristine home to sea creatures over the years by accident. The Government takes safeguarding its seas seriously. Strict rules and steep fines are in place to ensure sustainable fishing and environmental protection. For those keen on enjoying a little Bahamas spearfishing, here’s what you need to know…
Bahamas Spearfishing Regulations
- You can’t use spear guns or scuba equipment.
Sea creatures have more of a sporting chance in The Bahamas, which makes for added fun for fishermen and women too.
- You can use a Hawaiian sling.
Here’s a nice one you can order today on Amazon.com.
- Spearfishing is not allowed within one mile of New Providence and/or the south coast of Grand Bahama Island.
Go deep, or go home.
- Spearfishing is not allowed within 200 yards of any of The Out Islands.
Whether you’re in Acklins & Crooked Island, Andros, The Abacos, Bimini, Eleuthera, The Exumas, Inagua, Long Island, Mayaguana, Ragged Island, Rum Cay, San Salvador, or The Berry Islands, stay 200+ yards offshore, or else!
- National Marine Parks are strictly off limits for any kind of fishing.
Pretty sure this goes without saying, right…?
In addition to these easy to follow rules, the Bahamian Government sets limits on the amount of fish, lobster, conch, etc. that you can legally catch while pursuing fishing of any kind in The Bahamas.
There are also set seasons for lobsters and conch that you really need to be wary of.
For complete details on all of the rules and regulations governing Bahamas spearfishing, as well as other types of fishing in The Bahamas, check in with our friends at The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.