New fishing licences
The Bahamas government has introduced new regulations from January 9th that require all flats fishermen to have a personal angling licence.
The licence fees are reasonable and part of the fee is to go towards bonefish conservation.
For non-Bahamians, the costs are as follows:
1 day – $15
1 week – $20
1 month – $30
1 year – $60
Fees for Bahamians and permanent residents are a little less.
We understand that an online application and payments system is planned, but this is not yet ready. As an interim measure, we will have application forms available at the Club for you to complete on arrival. We will collect the fees and pass them over to the relevant Department.
In due course, you will hopefully be able to apply for a licence yourself before you arrive, but there is as yet no facility for card payments. We will keep you updated on that.
The regulations also introduce a total ban on commercial fishing in the flats and require flats fishers to “engage only in catch-and-release fishing in respect of bonefish, permit, snook, cobia or tarpon and, unless it is being used for food, hold in his possession at any time not more than one fish”.
The application forms and full details of the Regulations are available for download on: