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  • Each vessel shall use not more than six (6) rods or reels unless the operator is in possession of a permit authorizing the use of more rods or reels;
  • Vessels with a valid fishing permit are allowed 60 pounds of scale fish, 6 conch, and 10 crawfish (in season) at any time.
  • All other migratory fish shall be returned to the sea alive unless it is to be used immediately.
  • No grouper or rockfish weighing less than three pounds may be taken.
  • No spearfishing within 200 yards of any island in the Bahamas.
  • It is illegal to use any type of underwater air supply for spear fishing or collecting of any marine life. This includes scuba gear as well as air compressors.
  • Spearfishing is restricted to free divers only and only with the use of a Hawaiian sling.
  • It is illegal to take coral, tropical fish or sea fans.
  • Nothing may be taken from Bahamas National Underwater Parks.
  • A person, unless otherwise authorized by the respective permit, shall not use a spear, a fish trap, or a net other than a landing net;
  • Migratory species shall not exceed 18 fish per vessel at any time.
  • No vessel shall have on board ¬†more than 6 conch at any given time.¬†Harvesting and possession of conch without a well formed lip is prohibited.
  • No vessel shall have on board any fish unless its head and tail is intact.



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