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Regulations & Legislation

All aspects of the environment are interdependent. It’s important to know the law to help protect these resources and ensure they are sustainable. Most Bahamian laws are available online, however we have included the majority of the laws related to the environment below.

Bahamas Marine Regulations

Bahamas Fisheries Resources Regulations

Marine Mammal Protection Act

Nassau Grouper Amendment – official closed season dates

Shark Fishing Amendment July 2011

Watch The Story of Sharks to understand why shark conservation is so important (CEI
Bahamas, Directed by Brendan Talwar & Ian Rossiter).

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

Wild Bird Protection Act 

Sportfishing Regulations FAQ: For purposes of this law, “sportfishing” is basically non-commercial (recreational) fishing by non-Bahamians in a foreign licensed boat. Sportfishing permits are not required if you are renting a Bahamian boat, however the same bag limits apply.

Bahamas Public Parks and Public Beaches Authority Bill, 2013

FRIENDS Marine Brochure: A handy guide to Bahamas fishing regulations and best practices.

FRIENDS Guide to Property Development