Flats Fishing Regulations

New Bahamas Flats Fishing Regulations came into effect on January 9th, 2017. Visit www.Bahamas.GOV.BS/marineresources (under “Notices”) for Flats Fishing Regulations and Flats Angler Application.

Submit Application To: Minister responsible for Fisheries Resources at fisheries@bahamas.gov.bs.

NOTE: Fishing lodge owners and guides are allowed to complete and pay for licenses on behalf of expected visitors before arrival in The Bahamas.

Cost of License: Day License (valid day of issuance only) – $15.00; Weekly License – $20.00; Monthly License – $30.00; Annual License – $60.00.

Some Things To Note:

  • These regulations will require all persons using the flats, such as guides anglers and DIYs to have a license issued by the Department of Marine Resources in New Providence, or the Family Island Administrators in the Family Islands and soon the licenses will be issued online.
  • All guides are expected to be certified over time by the Ministry of Tourism and the Department of Marine Resources, in conjunction with approved fly fishing associations in The Bahamas.
  • Bahamian certified fishing guides must be used if two (2) or more anglers are fishing in the flats by means of a vessel (skiffs, etc.)
  • Only Bahamian-registered vessels will be allowed on the flats.
  • Only Bahamians will be allowed to work as guides.
  • All anglers over the age of 12 will need a license to fish.
  • Do-It-Yourselfers or DIYs will not need a fishing guide.
  • A conservation fund will be established for the conservation and management of the flats and its fishery resources.
  • No commercial fishing will be allowed on the flats.
  • The fishery covered by these regulations include bonefish, tarpon, cobia, and permit.
  • The fines and penalties as set out in the regulations will be strictly enforced.