Fisheries Resources (Jurisdiction and Conservation) Regulations

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Published: 1986-03-03

Fisheries Resources (Jurisdiction and Conservation)
FISHERIES RESOURCES (JURISDICTION AND
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FISHERIES RESOURCES (JURISDICTION AND
CONSERVATION) REGULATIONS

(SECTION 19)
[Commencement 3rd March, 1986]

1. These Regulations may be cited as the Fisheries
Resources (Jurisdiction and Conservation) Regulations.

2. (1) In these Regulations —
“aquaculture” means the cultivation of freshwater and

marine organisms by exploiting their natural
environment;

“explosives” has the meaning assigned to it by
section 2 of the Explosives Act;

“firearm” has the meaning assigned to it by section 2
of the Firearms Act;

“fishery product” means any product intended for
human consumption which consists wholly or
mainly of a fishery resource;

“Hawaiian sling” means a device made of wood, or
other suitable material, designed for the
discharge of a missile under water by the force
of a sling of rubber;

“prohibited apparatus” means —
(a) a device, other than a snorkel, designed to

enable a person to breathe whilst under
water;

(b) a device, other than an Hawaiian sling,
designed to discharge a missile under
water;

“snorkel” means a tube enabling a person whose face
is beneath the surface of the water to breathe the
air directly from the atmosphere and not
assisted by a compressor;

S.I. 10/1986
S.I. 65/1988
7 of 1993
S.I. 98/1995
S.I. 22/1997
S.I. 101/2003
S.I. 109/2005
S.I. 79/2006
S.I. 67/2007
S.I. 71/2007
S.I. 98/2008
S.I. 85/2009
S.I. 115/2009
S.I. 116/2009

Citation.

Interpretation.

Ch. 215.

Ch. 213.

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“spearfishing apparatus” means any of the following
articles used in the activity commonly known as
“spearfishing” —
(a) a spear;
(b) an Hawaiian sling;
(c) a snorkel;
(d) an underwater mask;
(e) underwater goggles;
(f) swim fins;

“take” means catch, capture or remove from the
water;

“trap” includes any device designed or used for the
trapping of fishery resource.

(2) In these Regulations, a reference to “commercial
purposes” in relation to the exportation of any fishery
resource or fishery produce is a reference to any act or
transaction or the doing of anything for the purpose of
effecting a sale or deriving a financial reward through the
exportation of that resource or product.

PART I
GENERAL

3. Except in such limited quantity as may be
specified in a written permission of the Minister for
scientific research or sanitation purposes as the case may
be, no person shall use or have in his possession with intent
to use, for fishing within the exclusive fishery zone —

(a) dogwood or other poisonous bark;
(b) quicklime;
(c) household bleach; or
(d) any other noxious or poisonous substance.
4. (1) Subject to paragraph (2), no person shall use

a firearm to fish within the exclusive fishery zone.
(2) Paragraph (1) does not apply to a person who

uses —
(a) a firearm for scientific or research purposes with

the written permission of the Minister;
(b) a firearm (commonly known as a “bang stick”)

for self defence against sharks and other marine
predators.

Possession and
use of poison
prohibited.

Use of firearms
prohibited.

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5. No person shall, except for scientific or research
purposes and with the written permission of the Minister,
have in his possession on a fishing vessel or use for fishing
within the exclusive fishery zone any explosives.

6. No person shall use any spearfishing apparatus to
fish —

(a) within one mile of the coast at low water mark
of New Providence; or

(b) within one mile of the southern coast at low
water mark of Freeport, Grand Bahama; or

(c) within two hundred yards of the coast at low
water mark of any other Family Island.

7. (1) No person shall use a net to fish within the
exclusive fishery zone unless the net —

(a) is a gill net, drag net, cast net or seine net; and
(b) has a mesh the gauge of which is two inches

minimum.
(2) Subparagraph (b) of paragraph (1) shall not apply

to —
(a) nets used for the harvesting of cultured re-

sources; or
(b) hand nets used for capturing small species of

fishery resource; or
(c) nets used for catching goggle-eyes or members of

the herring and silver-side families, and shall not
have effect before the expiration of two years from
the coming into operation of these Regulations.

8. No person shall use a wire mesh trap to fish within
the exclusive fishery zone unless the wire mesh has the
following minimum size —

(a) in the case of a hexagonal wire mesh, 1½ inches
(greatest length of mesh);

(b) in the case of welded or woven rectangular wire
mesh, 1 inch by 2 inches, and one of the panels
of the trap is made of a material that would
deteriorate after use in water for a continuous
period of not more than six weeks.

Possession or use
of explosives
prohibited.

Spearfishing
apparatus in
certain areas
prohibited.

Nets.

Traps.

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9. No person shall organize or engage in a spearfish-
ing tournament or competition within the exclusive fishery
zone.

10. No person shall use, or have in his possession
with intent to use, for fishing within the exclusive fishery
zone any prohibited apparatus.

11. No person shall —
(a) within two hundred yards of the coast at low

water mark of New Providence or any Family
Island fish for or take any fishery resource other
than edible fish, edible conch or crawfish as
food for himself and family in The Bahamas;

(b) save as provided in paragraph (a), fish for or
take by means of a net in the harbour or at the
entrance to the harbour of any place in The
Bahamas any resource other than the species
known as goggle-eyes or passing jacks.

12. (1) No person shall uproot, destroy, or, without
the written permission of the Minister, take or sell any hard
or soft coral.

(2) Nothing in paragraph 1 shall apply to the sale of
coral by any person who holds a licence for a shop under
the provisions of the Shop Licences Act.

13. No person shall cut, harvest or remove from any
beach or shore or from any area immediately adjacent
thereto any sea oats except with the written permission of
the Minister.

14. No person shall construct any artificial reef within
the exclusive fishery zone except with the written permiss-
ion of the Minister.

15. (1) No person shall sell in New Providence
fishery resource unless he is the holder of a permit granted
by the Minister authorising him to sell fishery resource, or
the latter is the result of fishing done by that person.

(2) No person shall sell fishery resource in New
Providence other than at such places as the Minister may
prescribe or by notice appoint:

Provided that the foregoing provisions of this
paragraph shall not apply to the holder of a permit from


Spearfishing
tournament etc.
prohibited.

Prohibited
apparatus.

Fishery resource
within two
hundred yards of
the coast of any
Island.

Coral.

Ch. 377.

Sea oats.

Artificial reef.

Sale of fishery
resource.

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the Commissioner of Police permitting him to peddle and
hawk articles along a public road and of a permit
mentioned in paragraph (1).

(3) An application for a permit mentioned in
paragraph (1) shall be made to the Minister in Form I in the
First Schedule.

(4) The Minister may, upon payment of the respective
fee specified in the Second Schedule, grant to the applicant a
permit in Form 2 in the First Schedule, subject to such terms
and conditions as the Minister thinks fit.

(5) Paragraphs (1) and (2) shall not apply to any
person who for the purpose of such sale occupies any
premises licensed as a shop under the provisions of the
Shop Licences Act.

PART II
CRAWFISH

16. There shall be an annual closed season for
crawfish extending from 1st April to 31st July (inclusive).

17. No person shall during the closed season fish for
or have in his possession any live or fresh crawfish without
first having obtained the written permission of the Minister
or unless he has bought the crawfish from the holder of
such a permit.

18. No person shall take, have in his possession or
sell any crawfish which measures less than three and one-
quarter inches from the base of the horns to the end of the
jacket or which, if the tail is severed, has a tail
measurement of less than five and one-half inches, not
including any protruding muscle.

19. The person in charge of vessel engaged in
fishing for crawfish shall ensure that the vessel carries a
measuring gauge of a type capable of determining the size
for the purposes of regulation 18 of any crawfish taken.

20. (1) No person shall take, capture, destroy or kill
crawfish by means of traps (hereinafter referred to as
“crawfish trapping”) other than those specified in para-
graph (2).

Ch. 377.

Closed season for
crawfish.

To fish for live or
fresh crawfish
prohibited during
closed season.

Minimum size of
crawfish.
S.I. 98/1995.

S.I. 98/1995.

Vessel to have
measuring gauge.

Permit for
crawfish
trapping.

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(2) Traps used for crawfish trapping shall be as
described below —

(a) wooden slat traps not more than 3 feet in length,
2 feet in width and 2 feet in height with slats
placed not less than 1 inch apart; or

(b) traps of other such materials as approved by the
Minister,

and in the case of traps other than wooden traps containing
a panel made of a material that would, after use in water
for a continuous period of not more than six weeks,
deteriorate.

(3) Traps described in paragraph (2)(a) may be
reinforced with mesh as mentioned in regulation 8 save
that one panel of the trap shall retain the ability to
deteriorate as referred to in paragraph (2).

(4) No vessel shall be used in crawfish trapping
unless the operator has obtained a permit from the Minister
authorising the vessel to be so used.

(5) An application for a permit mentioned in
paragraph (4) shall be made to the Minister in Form 3 in
the First Schedule.

(6) The Minister may, upon payment of the
respective fee specified in the Third Schedule, grant a
permit to the applicant in Form 4 in the First Schedule
which permit shall be subject to such terms and conditions
as the Minister thinks fit.

21. (1) The permit granted under regulation 20 or a
certified copy thereof shall be kept at all times readily
available on the vessel from which crawfish trapping is
conducted.

(2) The number of the permit granted under regula-
tion 20 shall be painted or affixed in legible figures on
every trap and on every buoy used in connection with that
trap which belongs to the vessel to which the permit
relates.

(3) A buoy bearing the number of the permit shall
be attached to each trap except that where traps are tied
together in a trot line, a buoy is not needed to be attached
to each trap so long as a flag buoy, bearing the number of
the permit on the flag, is attached to each end of the trot
line or in the case of trot lines exceeding twenty traps, a
buoy is attached at intervals of twenty traps.

Form 3
First Schedule.

Form 4
First Schedule.

Permit to be kept
readily available.

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(4) Every buoy shall, except when it is intentionally
submerged by a timed float release device, be of sufficient
strength and buoyancy to remain continuously afloat and
shall be of such colour and brilliance as to be easily seen.

22. (1) Subject to paragraph (2) no person shall,
during the closed season —

(a) have in his possession on board a vessel a trap or
other device designed for crawfish trapping; or

(b) set any trap or other device on or below the
surface of the sea for the purpose of crawfish
trapping.

(2) Paragraph (1) does not apply to the holder of a
numbered permit granted under regulation 20 in respect of
a vessel and who during the last two weeks of the closed
season, soaks his traps which are tied in bunches in the
vessel’s home port.

23. (1) A person who holds a licence under
regulation 76 and the owner or operator of every hotel,
restaurant, supermarket or grocery store who buys or sells
crawfish shall upon any request made of him by the
Minister submit to the Minister a statement as to the
quantity in weight of crawfish frozen or otherwise in his
possession at the date of the statement.

(2) Every person mentioned in paragraph (1) shall,
when requested by a fisheries inspector, allow the inspector
to carry out any inspection of business premises occupied
by such person for the purpose of enabling the inspector to
ascertain the quantity of any crawfish in the possession of
that person.

24. No person shall —
(a) take, have in his possession or sell any egg-

bearing crawfish;
(b) clip or otherwise remove the eggs from an egg-

bearing crawfish;
(c) have in his possession or sell any crawfish from

which eggs have been clipped or otherwise
removed.

25. All crawfish gathered within the exclusive
fishery zone shall be liable to inspection by a fisheries
inspector.

Traps during
closed season
prohibited.

Statement of
quantity of
crawfish during
closed season.

Egg-bearing
crawfish.

Crawfish for sale
to be inspected.

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26. No person shall for commercial purposes export
any crawfish unless —

(a) it is submitted at the time of exportation to a
fisheries inspector; and

(b) the export duty specified in the Second Schedule
is paid.

PART III
CONCH

27. (1) No person shall take, have in his possession
or sell any conch the shell of which does not possess a well
formed flaring lip.

(2) No person shall sell any conch shell which does
not possess a well formed flaring lip.

28. (1) No person shall for commercial purposes
export and conch, by-product of conch or any whole conch
shell unless —

(a) he holds a licence in that behalf granted by the
Minister under regulation 66;

(b) the conch or by product of conch is submitted
for inspection to a fisheries inspector at the time
of exportation; and

(c) the export duty specified in the Second Schedule
is paid.

(2) Nothing in paragraph (1) shall apply to any
conch in a quantity not exceeding ten pounds in weight and
carried in the personal baggage of a person leaving The
Bahamas.

PART IV
TURTLE

29. Subject to Regulation 32, no person shall take,
have in his possession, buy or sell —

(a) marine turtles;
(b) marine turtle parts; or
(c) marine turtle eggs.
30. Subject to Regulation 32, no person shall

interfere with any marine turtle nest.

Licence to export
crawfish, etc.

Second Schedule.

Possession of
undeveloped
conch prohibited.

Export of conch,
by-product or
shell.

Prohibition on
taking,
possessing,
buying or selling
of marine turtles,
marine turtle
parts or marine
turtle eggs.
S.I. 85/2009, s. 2.
Prohibition
against
interfering with
marine turtle
nests.
S.I. 85/2009, s. 2.

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31. Subject to Regulation 32, no person shall export
from The Bahamas —

(a) marine turtles;
(b) marine turtle parts; or
(c) marine turtle eggs.
32. (1) A person who wishes to take, have in his

possession or export marine turtles, marine turtle parts or
marine turtle eggs for educational, scientific or research
purposes, shall apply to the Minister for a permit.

(2) An application made under paragraph (1), shall
be made in the manner set out in Form 19 in the First
Schedule.

(3) Where the Minister approves an application
made under paragraph (1), he shall issue a permit as set out
in Form 20 of the First Schedule, specifying the terms and
conditions of the approval including the payment of fees as
specified in the Third Schedule.

PART V
SCALE FISH

34. No person shall —
(a) buy or sell bone fish (Albula vulpes);
(b) fish for bone fish (Albula vulpes) within the

exclusive fishery zone by means of nets.
35. (1) No person shall take, buy or sell any fish

commonly known as grouper or rockfish that weighs less
than three pounds.

(2) Notwithstanding paragraph (1), no person shall
take, land, process, sell or offer for sale any fish commonly
known as “the Nassau Grouper” during the period 1st
December, 2008 to the 28th February, 2009, except where
such taking or landing is carried out with the written
approval of the Director of Fisheries for scientific research
purposes.

(3) Subject to paragraph (2), no person shall during
the period 1st December, 2008 to the 28th February, 2009,
land any fish commonly known as “grouper”, unless its
head, tail and skin is intact.

36. No person shall for commercial purposes export
scale fish, unless the scale fish is presented to a fisheries
officer for inspection at the time of exportation.



Prohibition on
export of marine
turtles, marine
turtle parts or
marine turtle
eggs.
S.I. 85/2009, s. 2.

Permit to take,
possess or export
marine turtles,
marine turtle
parts or marine
turtle eggs.
S.I. 85/2009, s. 2.

First Schedule.




First Schedule.


Third Schedule.

Buying, selling,
etc., of bone fish
prohibited.

Minimum size of
grouper.

S.I. 98/2008.

S.I. 98/2008.

Export of scale
fish.

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PART VI
STONE CRAB

37. There shall be an annual closed season for stone
crab extending from 1st June to 15th October (inclusive).

38. No person shall, during the closed season, take,
have in his possession, buy or sell fresh stone crab.

39. No person shall take, have in his possession, buy
or sell any stone crab the claw of which measures less than
four inches in length.

40. No person shall take, buy or sell any female stone
crab.

PART VII
MARINE MAMMALS

41. (1) Subject to paragraph (2) no person shall,
within the exclusive fishery zone, fish for, molest or
otherwise interfere with any marine mammal.

(2) Paragraph (1) does not apply to a person who has
the prior written permission of the Minister to capture marine
mammals for scientific, educational or exhibitional purposes.

PART VIII
SPONGE

42. (1) No person shall take, have in his possession,
buy or sell any of the following sponges that have less than
the following minimum measurements when removed from
the sea —

(a) wool sponge - 5½ inches;
(b) grass sponge - 5½ inches;
(c) hard head sponge - 1 inch;
(d) reef sponge - 1 inch.
(2) The person in charge of a vessel engaged in

sponging shall ensure that the vessel is equipped with a set of
measuring rings of the diameters specified in paragraph (1).

43. No person shall for commercial purposes export
sponge unless —

(a) the sponge is clipped and graded and also
packaged and labelled in accordance with these
Regulations;

Stone crab closed
season.

Prohibition during
closed season.

Minimum size.

Taking, etc., of
female stone crab
prohibited.

To fish for marine
mammal
prohibited.

Minimum size of
sponges.

Export of sponge.

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(b) it is presented to a fisheries inspector at the time of
exportation; and

(c) the export duty specified in the Second Schedule is
paid.

PART IX
AQUACULTURE

44. (1) No person shall engage in aquaculture unless
he has a permit granted by the Minister.

(2) An application for a permit shall be made to the
Minister in Form 5 in the First Schedule.


(3) The permit granted by the Minister for which there
shall be paid the fee prescribed in the Third Schedule shall be
in Form 6 in the First Schedule and shall be subject to such
terms and conditions as the Minister sees fit.

45. (1) A fisheries inspector may at any reasonable
time of the day enter any place where freshwater and marine
organisms are cultured and carry out such inspection of the
operations being carried out therein in relation to aquaculture.

(2) The owner or person in charge of a place entered
by a fisheries inspector pursuant to paragraph (1) and every
person found therein shall give the fisheries inspector all
reasonable assistance as is possible and furnish him with such
information, as he may reasonably require.

(3) Any person who —
(a) fails to comply with paragraph (2);
(b) obstructs an inspector in the carrying out of his

duties under these Regulations; or
(c) knowingly makes any false or misleading

statements either orally or in writing to any
inspector engaged in carrying out his duties under
these Regulations,

is guilty of an offence.

PART X
SPORTSFISHING

46. (1) A person who wishes to organize or hold a
sportsfishing event or tournament shall apply to the Minister
for a permit to organize or hold such sportsfishing event or
tournament.

Second Schedule.

Permit to culture
fishery resource.

Form 5, First
Schedule.

Third Schedule.
Form 6,
First Schedule.

Inspection by
fisheries inspector.

Permit for
sportsfishing event
or tournament.
S.I. 67/2007.

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(2) An application made under paragraph (1),
shall be —

(a) in Form 17 in the First Schedule; and
(b) accompanied by a copy of the proposed rules for

the sportsfishing event or tournament.
(3) Where the Minister approves an application for

a sportsfishing event or tournament, he shall —
(a) issue a permit to the organizer or the tournament

director as set out in Form 18 in the First
Schedule, specifying the terms and conditions of
the approval, including the payment of fees as
specified in the Third Schedule; and

(b) issue tournament decals to the organizer or the
tournament director for each participant in the
sportsfishing event or tournament and such decal
must be attached at the bottom of the
sportsfishing permit granted under regulation 47.

(4) In this Part, “sportsfishing” means foreign
fishing within the exclusive fishery zone for sporting
purposes or purposes other than commercial.

47. (1) The owner or operator of a vessel shall not
permit the vessel to be engaged in sportsfishing unless the
owner or operator of the vessel —

(a) holds a permit granted by the Minister under this
regulation authorising the vessel to be so engaged;
and

(b) pays for the permit the fee prescribed in the Third
Schedule.

(2) Paragraph (1) shall not apply to Bahamian owned
and licensed charter vessels or a boat which is normally
towed by or carried on a vessel to which that paragraph
applies.

(3) An application for a permit under paragraph (1)
shall be made to the Minister in Form 7 in the First Schedule
and be submitted —

(a) in the case of a vessel entering The Bahamas for
the purpose of sportsfishing, to the customs officer
at the Port of Entry at which the vessel first called;

(b) in any other case to the office of the Director of
Fisheries.

Form 17,
First Schedule.

Form 18,
First Schedule.


Third Schedule.

Vessels engaged
in sportsfishing.






S.I. 67/2007.

Third Schedule.







Form 7,
First Schedule.

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(4) The permit granted under paragraph (3) shall be in
Form 8 in the First Schedule.

(5) A foreign vessel engaged in a sportsfishing event
or tournament shall be in possession of a valid permit
granted under paragraph (3).

(6) No person shall sell or attempt to sell fishery
products derived from sportsfishing under the terms and
conditions of a permit granted under paragraph (3).

(7) No vessel shall engage in a sportsfishing event
or tournament unless the owner or operator of that
vessel —

(a) has been issued with a tournament decal by the
organizer or tournament director; and

(b) has attached the tournament decal at the bottom
of the sportsfishing permit granted under this
regulation.

48. (1) In sportsfishing the following rules apply —
(a) a person shall fish by the traditional method of

angling with a hook or lure attached to a line held
in the hand or attached to a pole, rod or reel;

(b) a person, unless otherwise authorised by the
respective permit, shall not use a spear, a fish trap,
or a net other than a landing net;

(c) each vessel shall use not more than 6 rods or reels
unless the operator is in possession of a permit
authorising the use of more rods or reels;

(d) any migratory fishery resource (such as Kingfish,
Dolphin, Tuna or Wahoo) that is caught shall not
in total exceed 18 fish aboard the vessel at any
time;

(e) any Billfish (such as Marlin, Sailfish or
Swordfish) caught shall be returned to the sea
unharmed except where landed under the terms of
an approved sportsfishing event or tournament;
and

(f) no vessel shall have on board at any time —
(i) turtle;
(ii) conchs, exceeding 6;
(iii) crawfish, exceeding 10; or
(iv) other demersal fishery resources exceeding

60 pounds or 20 fish.
(2) The limitation specified in paragraph (1)(d), (e)

and (f) shall also apply to a Bahamian vessel engaged in

Form 8,
First Schedule.

S.I. 67/2007.

S.I. 67/2007.

S.I. 67/2007.

Sportsfishing
rules.
S. I. 67/2007.

S.I. 67/2007.

S.I. 67/2007.

S.I. 67/2007.

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fishing for purposes other than commercial by persons who
are not Bahamians.

(3) A fishery inspector shall be permitted to enter
and inspect a vessel that has engaged in sportsfishing.

(4) For the purposes of this regulation permanent
residents would be treated the same as Bahamians.

PART XI
PROCESSING AND PRESERVING

FISHERY RESOURCE AND FISHERY
PRODUCT

49. (1) No person shall use any premises to process or
to preserve any fishery resource or fishery product for
commercial purposes unless the premises are licensed as a
factory in pursuance of these Regulations.

(2) Any person who wishes any premises to be used
as a factory to process or to preserve any fishery resource or
fishery product shall apply for a licence by submitting an
application to the Minister containing the particulars specified
in Part A of the Fourth Schedule.

(3) A licence granted by the Minister under this
regulation shall be in the form set out in Part B of the Fourth
Schedule and the applicant shall pay therefor the appropriate
fee specified in the Third Schedule.

50. Without prejudice to regulation 51 no licence shall
be granted unless the Minister is satisfied that —

(a) the premises and their location with regard to
neighbouring premises and the factory’s proposed
facilities and equipment of the factory are in
keeping with the sanitation standards for factories
issued by the Ministry; and

(b) the applicant is fit to be the holder of such a
licence.

51. (1) The Minister may refuse to renew the licence
of a factory if, in his opinion, the factory is managed in a
manner that hinders compliance with the provisions of this
Part.

(2) A licence may be revoked by the Minister —
(a) if the licensee has been convicted of an offence

against the provisions of this Part, or wilfully
neglects or refuses to comply with any of the

S.I. 67/2007.

S.I. 67/2007.

Premises and
factory to be
inspected and
approved.

Part A,
Fourth Schedule.

Part B,
Fourth Schedule.

Third Schedule.

Conditions for
grant of licence.

Refusal to renew
licence and
revocation of
licence.

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provisions of this Part, or obstructs, impedes or
hinders a fisheries inspector carrying out any
functions under this Part; or

(b) if in the opinion of the Minister the premises of
the factory are insanitary or the factory itself is
insanitary or the factory is managed and
conducted in a manner contrary to this Part or in
such manner that the revocation of the licence is
required in the public interest.

52. (1) Before the Minister refuses to grant or renew
a licence or revokes a licence, he shall give notice to the
applicant for the licence or the licensee, as the case may be,
of the grounds on which he proposes to refuse the grant or
renewal of the licence or to revoke the licence.

(2) The Minister shall afford the applicant or the
licensee, as the case may be, an opportunity of satisfying
the Minister why the licence should be granted or renewed
or should not be revoked, and may give to the applicant or
the licensee an opportunity to remedy any default within
such period as may be specified by the Minister.

53. (1) A fisheries inspector for the purpose of
ensuring that these Regulations are complied with may at a
reasonable time enter any premises wherein fishery
resource is being processed and the licensee or every
person found on the premises shall afford the inspector all
reasonable assistance and furnish him with such
information as the inspector may reasonably require for the
purpose of ensuring that there is no breach of these
Regulations.

(2) A fisheries inspector on entering any premises
pursuant to paragraph (1) shall, if so required, produce
evidence of his authority to the person in charge thereof.

(3) Any person who —
(a) fails to comply with paragraph (1); or
(b) knowingly makes any false or misleading

statement either orally or in writing to a fisheries
inspector engaged in carrying out his duties
under these Regulations,

is guilty of an offence and is liable on summary conviction to
a fine of one thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term
of six months or to both.

54. The licensee of every factory shall —

Representions
before refusal to
grant or renew a
licence or before
revocation of a
licence.

Inspection of
fishery resource.

Records.

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(a) keep accurate records of the quantities of fishery
resource or fishery product, purchased, pro-
duced, sold or exported as the case may be, and
of the names and addresses of the persons from
whom the fishery resource was purchased and to
whom the fishery resource or fishery product
was sold by wholesale or exported;

(b) retain those records for a period of twelve
months from the date of transaction or the date
of production to which the record relates;

(c) permit a fisheries inspector to inspect or to take
samples of any fishery resource or fishery
product in the factory;

(d) permit a fisheries inspector to make and take
such copies of those records as the inspector
considers necessary for the purpose of ensuring
that these Regulations are being complied with
by the licensee.

PART XII
QUALITY CONTROL OF PROCESSED
OR PRESERVED FISHERY RESOURCE

AND FISHERY PRODUCT
55. A person exporting for commercial purposes any

fishery product processed in The Bahamas shall when
requested by a fisheries inspector make available the
product for inspection by that inspector.

56. (1) A fisheries inspector, having examined any
fishery product submited to him and finding the same to be
consistent with the standards applicable thereto under any
law, shall issue a certificate to the effect that the product
has been inspected.

(2) Where there is no compliance as mentioned in
paragraph (1) but the fishery product is found fit for human
consumption, the fisheries inspector may —

(a) in the case where it is possible for the processor
to effect such compliance, direct him to do so
and to submit the fishery product for reinspec-
tion; or

(b) affix an inspection stamp on the fishery resource
or fishery product with the words “does not meet
standard”.

Requirement for
inspection of
fishery product.

Issue of
certificate of
inspection.

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(3) If a fisheries inspector suspects the fishery
product to be diseased, unsound or unwholesome and unfit
for human consumption, he shall seize the same for
examination by a health officer in accordance with the
provisions of any law prescribing standards for the
marketing of such products.

57. No person other than a health officer shall
remove, cut or in any way interfere with any fishery
resource or fishery product or part thereof which has been
seized by a fisheries inspector unless or until the same has
been approved by a health officer.

58. Where fishery product, seized by the fisheries
inspector, is in the opinion of a health officer diseased or
unsound or unwholesome and unfit for human
consumption the owner thereof shall be duly notified to
that effect.

59. Where any fishery product processed in The
Bahamas is contained —

(a) in a package for sale or that is being exported for
commercial purposes, the wrapping used in the
packaging shall be non-toxic;

(b) in a container for sale or that is being exported
for commercial purposes, the container shall be
properly sealed and shall not be defective.

60. No person —
(a) shall label or advertise any fishery resource or

fishery product intended for sale or for export for
commercial purposes that is false, misleading or
deceptive or is likely to create an erroneous
impression regarding its purity, quality, compo-
sition or quantity; or

(b) other than a fisheries inspector or health officer in
the execution of his duties as such shall use the
words “Processed under Government Supervi-
sion” or other words that convey a similar
meaning on any label affixed to or forming part
of a package or container containing fishery
resource or fishery product.

61. Where standards for the processing in The
Bahamas of fishery resource or fishery product have not
been prescribed under any law, any person who processes
the fishery resource or the fishery product in a manner

Unauthorised
person not to
interfere with
seized fishery
product.

Seized fishery
resource or
fishery product
found unfit for
human
consumption.

Wrapping to be
non-toxic and
container not to
be defective.

Labelling,
advertising, etc
fishery resource
or fishery
product.

Standard not
prescribed.

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other than that in which it is advertised as being processed
or who sells or exports such fishery resource or the fishery
product is guilty of an offence and liable on summary
conviction to a fine of one thousand dollars or to
imprisonment for a term of six months or to both.

PART XIII
PERMITS AND LICENCES

62. (1) An application for a permit under section
7(c) of the Act to conduct foreign fishing for scientific or
research purposes shall be made to the Minister in Form 9
in the First Schedule.

(2) Where the Minister decides to grant the permit it
shall be in Form 10 in the First Schedule and the fee to be
paid therefor is that specified in the Third Schedule.

63. (1) An application for a licence under section 9
of the Act to engage in foreign fishing shall be made to the
Minister in Form 11 in the First Schedule.

(2) Where the Minister decides to grant a licence it
shall be in Form 12 in the First Schedule and the fee to be
paid therefor is that specified in the Third Schedule.

64. (1) An application for a permit under section 11 of
the Act to engage in fishing for commercial purposes shall be
made to the Minister in Form 13 in the First Schedule.

(2) Where the Minister decides to grant a permit it
shall be in Form 14 in the First Schedule and the fee to be
paid therefor is that specified in the Third Schedule.

65. It shall be deemed a condition of a licence or
permit granted under the foregoing regulations of this Part
that the letters and numbers of that licence or permit shall
be painted conspicuously and legibly in characters no less
than 6 inches in height on the sides and deck of the vessel
being used for the purpose authorised by the licence or
permit and the owner or person in charge of such vessel
shall ensure the compliance with that condition.

66. (1) An application for a licence required by
section 21 of the Act or these Regulations to export or
import any fishery resource shall be made to the Minister
in Form 15 in the First Schedule.




Permit for
scientific or
research
purposes.
Form 9, First
Schedule.

Form 10,
First Schedule.
Third Schedule.
Licence for
foreign fishing.

Form 11,
First Schedule

Form 12,
First Schedule.
Third Schedule.
Permit for
commercial
fishing.
Form 13,
First Schedule.
Form 14.
First Schedule.
Third Schedule.

Display of
particulars of
permit.

Licence to export
or import fishery
resource.

Form 15, First
Schedule.

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(2) The licence granted by the Minister shall be in
Form 16 in the First Schedule and the fee, to be paid
therefor is that specified in the Third Schedule.

67. (1) A licence or permit issued under these
Regulations shall, unless otherwise provided by the Act or
any other regulation or on such licence or permit, expire on
31st December of the year following the year of issue.

(2) It shall be deemed a condition of licence or
permit that such is issued subject —

(a) to the provision of these Regulations as are in
force from time to time and without prejudice to
any other terms and conditions as are endorsed
on the licence or permit at the time of issue; and

(b) to revocation for any breach of these Regula-
tions or any term or condition subject to which
the licence or permit has been issued.

PART XIV
PENALTIES

68. (1) Any person who resists or obstructs a
fisheries inspector in the exercise of his functions under, or
fails to comply with any request made by the fisheries
inspector for the purpose of securing compliance with,
these Regulations, is guilty of an offence and is liable on
summary conviction to a fine of one thousand dollars or to
imprisonment for a term of six months or to both.

(2) Any person who contravenes these Regulations
is guilty of an offence and except as is otherwise provided
by the Act or any other regulation is liable on summary
conviction to a fine of three thousand dollars or to
imprisonment for a term of one year or to both.

(3) Where a person is found guilty of an offence
against any of the provisions in Parts II to VIII (inclusive)
or Part X, the court shall in addition to any other penalty,
order the confiscation of any trap, net, seine or other device
used in the commission, or that is the subject matter of the
offence and the trap, net, seine or other device so
confiscated shall be forfeited to the Crown.

PART XV
GENERAL

69. For the purposes of proceedings for an offence
of being in possession of any prohibited fishery resource or
of any prohibited apparatus or for using any prohibited

Form 16, First
Schedule.
Third Schedule.

Duration and
implied
conditions of
licence or permit.

Penalties.

Presumption of
participation in
offences.

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apparatus, substance or other thing in breach of any of the
provisions of these Regulations it shall be presumed until
the contrary is shown that —

(a) the captain or other person in charge of the vessel
wherein the fishery resource, or apparatus,
substance or other thing is proven to have been
found and every member of the crew of the
vessel at the time, were each in possession of the
prohibited fishery resource, apparatus, substance
or other thing as the case may be;

(b) the captain or other person in charge of the vessel
on or from which the prohibited apparatus,
substance or other thing is proven to have been
used and every member of the crew at the time,
were each using the prohibited apparatus,
substance or other thing, as the case may be;

(c) fish found in any vessel on which prohibited
apparatus, substance or other thing is proven to
have been found, has been captured or taken by
means of that apparatus, substance or other
thing;

(d) the possession of any prohibited apparatus,
substance or other thing proven to have been
found on a vessel within the exclusive fishery
zone was for the purpose of being used for
fishing.

70. (1) Without prejudice to the foregoing regula-
tions, no person shall for commercial purposes export any
fishery product or fishery resource, sea-shell or coral
unless —

(a) he holds a licence from the Minister on behalf of
the product or resource he wishes to export;

(b) the product or resource is presented to a fisheries
inspector at the time of exportation; and

(c) the export duty on such product or resource as
may be specified in the Second Schedule is paid.

(2) Subject to paragraph (1) no person shall take out
of The Bahamas migratory fishery resource which consists
in total of more than six Kingfish, Dolphin and Wahoo or
ten pounds of conch or crawfish or more than twenty
pounds of other demersal fishery resource.

(3) Subject to paragraph (1), a foreign vessel
engaged in sportfishing for which a permit was issued
under regulation 47 shall, on leaving The Bahamas, be
allowed to export the amount of fishery products aboard

General
prohibition of
exportation.
S.I. 67/2007.

Second Schedule.

S.I. 67/2007.

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that vessel in accordance with the catch limits under
regulation 48.

71. A person desirous of exporting any live or
preserved fishery resource specimens from The Bahamas
for scientific, research, or educational purposes, as the case
may be, shall make an application for that purpose to the
Minister in accordance with regulation 66.

72. The prohibitions pertaining to the possession or
taking by a person of fishery resource as are imposed by
the foregoing regulations by reason of the application
thereto of a close season or the prescription of a minimum
size limit or the sex or egg-bearing characteristics of the
resource shall not apply in so far as the possession or
taking by that person is in accordance with a permit or
licence held by him under these regulations for the purpose
of aquaculture, scientific, educational or research purposes.

73. A person desirous of using during the period 1st
August to 31st March a prohibited apparatus that is
commonly known as an air compressor at a depth of not
less than thirty feet nor more than sixty feet, may make
application to the Minister in Form 3 in the First Schedule
for a permit authorising such use and upon the issue
thereof the prescribed fee shall be payable.







Exportation of
fishery resource
for scientific etc.
purposes.

Exemptions for
scientific,
educational
purposes, etc.

Compressors.

Form 3.
First Schedule

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FIRST SCHEDULE (Regulation 15(3))

FORM 1

APPLICATION FOR PERMIT TO SELL FISHERY
RESOURCE

FISHERIES RESOURCES (JURISDICTION AND
CONSERVATION) ACT

(Ch. 244)

FISHERIES RESOURCES (JURISDICTION AND
CONSERVATION) REGULATIONS

1. Name of Applicant.................................................................
2. Address .................................................................................
3. Type of Fishery Resource to be sold .....................................
......................................................................................................
......................................................................................................
4. How and where Fishery Resource is to be sold......................
......................................................................................................
......................................................................................................

...........................................
Signature of Applicant

...........................................
Date

FORM 2 (Regulation 15(4))

PERMIT TO SELL FISHERY RESOURCE

FISHERIES RESOURCES (JURISDICTION AND
CONSERVATION) ACT

(Ch. 244)

FISHERIES RESOURCES (JURISDICTION AND
CONSERVATION) REGULATIONS

No...............
This permit is granted to..............................................................
to sell fishery resource namely.....................................................
......................................................................................................
......................................................................................................
......................................................................................................
......................................................................................................
......................................................................................................

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at...................................................................................................
from....................................... to ............................... 19..............

This Permit —
(a) shall not be transferred or assigned;
(b) does not authorise the sale of any fishery resource in

any manner other than that specified;
(c) does not authorise the sale of fishery resource in any

place other than that specified.
(Insert any other conditions which may be imposed)
......................................................................................................
......................................................................................................
......................................................................................................
......................................................................................................
......................................................................................................
......................................................................................................
......................................................................................................
......................................................................................................
......................................................................................................
......................................................................................................
This Permit expires on
Dated this ........................... day of ............................... 19.........

MINISTER OF ECONOMIC AFFAIRS, AGRICULTURE
AND FISHERIES

FORM 3 (Regulation 20(4)/73)

APPLICATION FOR PERMIT TO TRAP CRAWFISH/USE
COMPRESSORS

FISHERIES RESOURCES (JURISDICTION AND
CONSERVATION) ACT

(Ch. 244)
FISHERIES RESOURCES (JURISDICTION AND

CONSERVATION) REGULATIONS

1. Name of applicant ................................................................
2. Nationality ............................................................................
3. Address .................................................................................
4. Telephone number ................................................................
5. Indicate whether this application is

(a) a renewal of a previous permit ( )
(b) a new permit ( )

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6. If it is for a renewal of a previous permit, state the original

permit number
..................................................................................

7. Name of vessel ...........................................................................
8. Registration number of vessel ...................................................
9. Length overall ........................................................................ ft
10. Home Port ..................................................................................
11. (a) Name of Captain ..................................................................

(b) Nationality ...........................................................................
(c) Address ................................................................................

12. Number of traps/compressors requested ...................................
13. Proposed working areas .............................................................
14. The number of traps/compressors actually used last season......
I declare that any permit issued as a result of this application will
be used only in accordance with the Fisheries Resources
(Jurisdiction and Conservation) Act, and the Regulations made
thereunder.
Signature of Applicant ........................................... Date..................
NOTE: In case of new permits please submit proof of ownership

of vessel and for compressor a certificate of competency
relating to its use.

FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY: DO NOT WRITE IN
THIS SPACE

New ( ) Renewal ( )
Traps/Compressors used previous season ........................................
Traps/Compressors now applied for ................................................
Technical Officer’s Recommendation .............................................
Minister’s Decision ..........................................................................
Traps/Compressors authorised for current season ...........................
Permit Number Assigned ................................ Date .......................
Permit becomes effective .................................................................
Permit expires ..................................................................................



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FORM 4 (Regulation 20(6))
PERMIT TO TRAP CRAWFISH/USE COMPRESSORS

FISHERIES RESOURCES (JURISDICTION AND
CONSERVATION) ACT

(Ch. 244)

FISHERIES RESOURCES (JURISDICTION AND
CONSERVATION) REGULATIONS

No. ........................
This Permit is granted to ..............................................................to
trap crawfish/use compressors from .......................... to ...............
19.....in the area of ..........................................................................
This Permit —
(a) shall not be transferred or assigned;
(b) only authorises the use of

................................................
(type description & number, of traps/compressors)

(Insert any other conditions that may be imposed)
..........................................................................................................
..........................................................................................................
..........................................................................................................
.........................................................................................................
This Permit expires on ...................................................................
Dated this ........................................day of ................ 19 ..............

MINISTER OF ECONOMIC AFFAIRS, AGRICULTURE
AND FISHERIES

FORM 5 (Regulation 44(2))
APPLICATION FOR A PERMIT TO CULTURE FISHERY

RESOURCE
FISHERIES RESOURCES (JURISDICTION AND

CONSERVATION) ACT
(Ch. 244)

FISHERIES RESOURCES (JURISDICTION AND
CONSERVATION) REGULATIONS

1. Name of Applicant ..................................................................
2. Address ....................................................................................
3. Type of fishery resource to be cultured ....................................

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4. Method of culture ........................................................................
5. Purpose for which fishery resource is to be cultured ..................
6. Location where fishery resource is to be cultured ......................
7. Attach detailed proposal specifying the extent of work to be

done regarding the culture of the fishery resource. ....................
.........................................................

Signature of Applicant
.........................................................

Date

FORM 6 (Regulation 44(3))

PERMIT TO CULTURE FISHERY RESOURCE

FISHERIES RESOURCES (JURISDICTION AND
CONSERVATION) ACT

(Ch. 244)
FISHERIES RESOURCES (JURISDICTION AND

CONSERVATION) REGULATIONS

No. ..............
This Permit is granted to ..................................................................
to culture fishery resource namely ...................................................
at .......................................................................................................
from ................................ to ....................................... 19.................
This Permit —
(a) shall not be transferred or assigned;
(b) does not authorise the culture or any fishery resource other

than that specified in it;
(c) does not authorise the culture of fishery resource in any place

other than that specified in it.
(Insert any other conditions that may be imposed)
...........................................................................................................
...........................................................................................................
...........................................................................................................
This Permit expires on .....................................................................
Dated this ...................................... day of ....................... 19..........

MINISTER OF ECONOMIC AFFAIRS, AGRICULTURE
AND FISHERIES

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FORM 7 (Regulation 74(3))
APPLICATION FOR A PERMIT TO ENGAGE IN FOREIGN

FISHING FOR SPORTING PURPOSES
FISHERIES RESOURCES (JURISDICTION AND

CONSERVATION) ACT
(Ch. 244)

FISHERIES RESOURCES (JURISDICTION AND
CONSERVATION) REGULATIONS

1. Name of Applicant .................................................................
2. Address ...................................................................................
3. Name of Vessel .......................................................................
4. Description of Vessel ..............................................................
5. Registration Number of Vessel ...............................................
6. Port of Registration .................................................................
7. Number of Persons on board Vessel .......................................
8. Type and description of fishing gear to be used in sports-fishing

................................................................................................
9. Duration of stay in The Bahamas ...........................................

.........................................................
Signature of Applicant

.........................................................
Date

FORM 8 (Regulation 47(4))
PERMIT TO ENGAGE IN FOREIGN FISHING
CONDUCTED FOR SPORTING PURPOSES

FISHERIES RESOURCES (JURISDICTION AND
CONSERVATION) ACT

(Ch. 244)
FISHERIES RESOURCES (JURISDICTION AND

CONSERVATION) REGULATIONS
No. .......................

This Permit is granted to .............................................................
authorising him to engage in foreign fishing conducted for
sporting purposes by means of
......................................................................................................

(name & description of vessel)

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registration number.....................................................................
This Permit —
(a) shall not be transferred or assigned;
(b) authorises only the vessel named and described in it to

engage in foreign fishing conducted for sporting purposes;
(c) authorises maximum use of six reels;
(d) authorises a maximum catch of fishery resource as stipulated

in the Regulations.
(Insert any other conditions of privileges that may be imposed)
....................................................................................................
....................................................................................................
....................................................................................................
This Permit expires on ...............................................................
Dated this ........................... day of ............................... 19 .......


MINISTER OF ECONOMIC AFFAIRS, AGRICULTURE
AND FISHERIES

FORM 9 (Regulation 62(1))
APPLICATION FOR A PERMIT TO ENGAGE IN FOREIGN
FISHING CONDUCTED FOR SCIENTIFIC OR RESEARCH

PURPOSES
FISHERIES RESOURCES (JURISDICTION AND

CONSERVATION) ACT
(Ch. 244)

FISHERIES RESOURCES (JURISDICTION AND
CONSERVATION) REGULATIONS

1. Name of Applicant ..............................................................
2. Address ................................................................................
3. Name of Vessel ....................................................................
4. Registration Number ...........................................................
5. Port of Registration ..............................................................
6. Name and Address of Owner of Vessel ..............................

......................................................................................
7. Name of organisation on behalf of which scientific or

research project conducted ..................................................
..............................................................................................

8. Description of scientific or research project ........................
..............................................................................................



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9. Type of resource to be fished for .........................................

..............................................................................................
10. Quantityof fishery resource contemplated to be caught
.............. .................................................................................
11. Intended area of The Bahamas where fishing is to be

conducted
..............................................................................................

..................................................
Signature

..................................................
Date

FORM 10 (Regulation 62(2))
PERMIT TO ENGAGE IN FOREIGN FISHING

CONDUCTED FOR SCIENTIFIC OR RESEARCH
PURPOSES

FISHERIES RESOURCES (JURISDICTION AND
CONSERVATION) ACT

(Ch. 244)

FISHERIES RESOURCES (JURISDICTION AND
CONSERVATION) REGULATIONS

No. .........................
This Permit is granted to ..............................................................
authorising ...................................................................................
to engage in foreign fishing conducted for scientific or research
purposes on behalf of ...................................................................

(name of organisation)
by name of ...................................................................................

(name and description of vessel)
registration number ............................ within the ........................
area of ..........................................................................................
This Permit —
(a) shall not be transferred or assigned;
(b) authorises only the vessel named and described in it to engage in

foreign fishing conducted for scientific research purposes;
(c) is granted on the understanding —

(i) that the results of the scientific research project are
communicated to the Government;

(ii) that observers from The Bahamas shall be allowed to
participate in the project.



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....................................................................................................
(Insert any other conditions as may be imposed)

This Permit expires on ...............................................................
Dated this ................................... day of ........................ 19.......


MINISTER OF ECONOMIC AFFAIRS, AGRICULTURE
AND FISHERIES

FORM 11 (Regulation 63(1))

APPLICATION BY FOREIGN STATE FOR A LICENCE IN
RESPECT OF FISHING VESSEL UNDER SECTION 9 OF

THE ACT

FISHERIES RESOURCES (JURISDICTION AND
CONSERVATION) ACT

(Ch. 244)

FISHERIES RESOURCES (JURISDICTION AND
CONSERVATION) REGULATIONS

Foreign State .............................................................................
Name of owner(s) of Vessel ......................................................
Address ......................................................................................
Nationality .................................................................................
Name of Vessel .........................................................................
Registration number of Vessel ...................................................
Date of registration of Vessel ....................................................
Port of registry ...........................................................................
Tonnage of Vessel .....................................................................
Capacity of Vessel .....................................................................
Hull material: wood ( ) aluminium ( ) steel ( )

fibreglass ( ) other ( )
Method of Propulsion: sail ( )

inboard engine ( ) horsepower..............
make.......................

outboard engine ( ) horsepower.............
make......................

Processing equipment on board Vessel .....................................
Type and quantity of fishing gear on board Vessel ...................
....................................................................................................

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(a)......................................................................................... ( )
(b)........................................................................................ ( )
(c)......................................................................................... ( )
(d)......................................................................................... ( )
Description of each fishery resource for which vessels intends to fish
....................................................................................................
Quantities of fish or tonnage of catch contemplated for vessel
during time licence is in force....................................................
....................................................................................................
....................................................................................................
Area of the exclusive fishery zone in which fishing will be conducted
..........................................................................................................................
Season or period during which fishing will be conducted..........
....................................................................................................
....................................................................................................
....................................................................................................

Signed ......................................
on behalf of ..............................
Date ..........................................

FORM 12 (Regulation 62(2))

LICENCE TO FOREIGN STATE IN RESPECT OF FISHING
VESSEL UNDER SECTION 9 OF THE ACT

FISHERIES RESOURCES (JURISDICTION AND
CONSERVATION) ACT

(Ch. 244)

FISHERIES RESOURCES (JURISDICTION AND
CONSERVATION) REGULATIONS

No. .....................
This Licence is granted to ............................................................

(foreign state)
in respect of..........................................................................

(name and description of fishing vessel)
registration number .............................................................
owned or operated by...........................................................
to fish within the area of......................................................
during the ........................................... season(s) subject to
the terms and conditions of the treaty done at ....................
.............................................between...................................
and ............................................... on ..................................

FISHERIES RESOURCES (JURISDICTION AND
CONSERVATION)

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This Licence —
(a) shall only be used by the vessel named and described in it;
(b) shall not be transferred or assigned;
(c) permits the vessel named and described in it to fish only

during the season and period specified in it;
(d) permits the vessel named and described in it to fish only in

the area specified in it;
(Insert any other conditions that may be imposed)
......................................................................................................
......................................................................................................
.....................................................................................................
This Licence expires on...............................................................
Dated this ............................ day of ................................. 19 .....

MINISTER OF ECONOMIC AFFAIRS, AGRICULTURE
AND FISHERIES

FORM 13 (Regulation 64(1))

APPLICATION FOR A PERMIT TO USE A BAHAMIAN
FISHING VESSEL TO FISH FOR COMMERCIAL

PURPOSES

FISHERIES RESOURCES (JURISDICTION AND
CONSERVATION) ACT

(Ch. 244)

FISHERIES RESOURCES (JURISDICTION AND
CONSERVATION) REGULATIONS

1. Name of Applicant ................................................................
2. Address of Applicant .............................................................
3. Name of Vessel .....................................................................
4. Description of Vessel

................................................................................................
5. Port of registration of Vessel

................................................................................................
6. Registration number of Vessel ..............................................
7. Name and address of owner of Vessel (if different from

Applicant) .............................................................................
...............................................................................................

8. Number of persons to be carried on board Vessel ................
9. Nationality of owner of Vessel .............................................

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STATUTE LAW OF THE BAHAMAS [Original Service 2001]


10. Type and description of fishing gear to be used for fishing

..............................................................................................

..............................................................................................
NOTE: Documents evidencing ownership of vessel should be

submitted with this application.
................................................

Signature of Applicant
................................................

Date

FORM 14 (Regulation 64(2))

PERMIT TO ENGAGE IN FISHING CONDUCTED FOR
COMMERCIAL PURPOSES BY BAHAMIAN FISHING

VESSEL

FISHERIES RESOURCES (JURISDICTION AND
CONSERVATION) ACT

(Ch. 244)
FISHERIES RESOURCES (JURISDICTION AND

CONSERVATION) REGULATIONS

No. ...................
This Permit is granted to ...........................................................
authorising him to fish for commercial purposes by means of ..............
.........................................................................................................................

(name and description of vessel)
registration number ...................................................................
This Permit —
(a) shall not be transferred or assigned;
(b) authorises only the vessel named and described thereon to

fish for commercial purposes;
(c)................................................................................................

(Insert any other conditions that may be imposed).
Dated this ......................... day of ................................. 19 .......

MINISTER OF ECONOMIC AFFAIRS, AGRICULTURE and
FISHERIES

FISHERIES RESOURCES (JURISDICTION AND
CONSERVATION)

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LRO 1/2008 STATUTE LAW OF THE BAHAMAS

FORM 15 (Regulation 66(1))

APPLICATION FOR A LICENCE TO EXPORT/IMPORT
FISHERY RESOURCE OR PRODUCT

FISHERIES RESOURCES (JURISDICTION AND
CONSERVATION) ACT

(Ch. 244)

FISHERIES RESOURCES (JURISDICTION AND
CONSERVATION) REGULATIONS

1. Name of Applicant.................................................................
2. Address .................................................................................
3. Type of fishery resource to be exported/imported ................

................................................................................................
4. Location of factory where fishery resource is to be
processed or preserved (if applicable)
......................................................................................................
5. Description of factory —

(a) size of premises
(b) water supply
(c) freezer size
(d) major equipment

6. Where scale fish is exported / imported please specify:
whole cleaned fish ( ) fillets ( ) other ( ) fresh ( ) frozen ( )

7. Where crawfish is exported / imported specify:
whole ( ) tails ( ) other ( ) fresh ( ) frozen ( )

8. Brand name (if any) under which fishery resource exported
/ imported ..............................................................................
................................................................................................
................................................................................................

9. Method by which fishery resource is to be exported/imported
(a) air freight ( )
(c) air charter ( )
(b) private aircraft ( )
(d) sea freight ( )

10. Port of entry from which / to which fishery resource is to be
exported/imported .................................................................

..............................................................
Signature of Applicant


..............................................................

Date


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STATUTE LAW OF THE BAHAMAS LRO 1/2008


FORM 16 (Regulation 66(2))

LICENCE TO EXPORT/IMPORT FISHERY RESOURCE

FISHERIES RESOURCES (JURISDICTION AND
CONSERVATION) ACT

(Ch. 244)

FISHERIES RESOURCES (JURISDICTION AND
CONSERVATION) REGULATIONS

No. .........................
Licence granted to ..................................................................
of ................................................................................................
fishery resource specified below:

This Licence —
(a) shall not be transferred or assigned;
(b) authorises only the export/import of fishery resource

specified below;
c) authorises only the export/import of fishery resource from/to
...............................................................................................................................

(port of entry)
(d) The Licensee must submit at the end of each month a

statement showing the quantities of fishery resource or
fishery product purchased, produced, sold, imported or
exported as the case may be, during that month.
This Licence expires on .......................................................

Dated the .............................. day of ........................... 20 .........

MINISTER OF ECONOMIC AFFAIRS, AGRICULTURE
AND FISHERIES

S.I.

FISHERIES RESOURCES (JURISDICTION AND
CONSERVATION)

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LRO 1/2010 STATUTE LAW OF THE BAHAMAS

65/1988; S.I. 22/19
FORM 17 (Regulation 46(2))

APPLICATION TO CONDUCT A SPORTSFISHING EVENT
OR TOURNAMENT

FISHERIES RESOURCES (JURISDICTION AND
CONSERVATION) ACT

(Ch. 244)

FISHERIES RESOURCES (JURISDICTION AND
CONSERVATION) REGULATIONS

1. Name of Organizer/Tournament Director ……………..…..
2. Address .................................................................................
3. Telephone No. .........Fax No........Email Address.................
4. Name of Event or Tournament ...............................
5. Number of Vessels to Engage in Event or Tournament……
6. Proposed Starting Date……Proposed Ending Date……….
7. Location of Event or Tournament ...............................
8. Proposed Fishing Areas…………………………….
9. Target Fish Species…………………………………..
10. Catch and Release Yes ( ) No ( )
If Yes, State Type of Fish Species
11. Proposed Event or Tournament Rules attached
Yes ( ) No ( )
12. Additional

Information…………………………………………………
………………………………………………………………
……………………………………………………………..


..............................................................

Signature of Applicant


..............................................................
Date



S.I. 67/2007.

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STATUTE LAW OF THE BAHAMAS LRO 1/2010

FORM 18 (Regulation 46 (3))

PERMIT TO CONDUCT A SPORTSFISHING EVENT OR
TOURNAMENT

FISHERIES RESOURCES (JURISDICTION AND
CONSERVATION) ACT

(Ch. 244)
FISHERIES RESOURCES (JURISDICTION AND

CONSERVATION) REGULATIONS

No. ...................
This Permit is granted to ............................................................
to conduct a sportsfishing event or tournament..........................................
during the period............to..................in the area of ....................................
This permit is issued subject to the following conditions:
....................................................................................................
....................................................................................................
....................................................................................................
This Permit expires on ……………… of ……………..20........
Dated this ......................... day of ................................. 20 .......

MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE and MARINE RESOURCES


SECOND SCHEDULE

EXPORT DUTY
(a) Whole crawfish 8c per pound
(b) Crawfish meat 25c per pound
(c) Crawfish tail 25c per pound
(d) Crawfish head Nil
(e) Conch and conch by-product 3c per pound
(f) Sponge 3c per pound


S.I. 65/1988.
S.I. 22/1997.

FISHERIES RESOURCES (JURISDICTION AND
CONSERVATION)

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LRO 1/2010 STATUTE LAW OF THE BAHAMAS



FORM 19 (Regulation 32(2))

APPLICATION FOR A PERMIT TO TAKE, HAVE IN
POSSESSION OR EXPORT MARINE TURTLES, MARINE

TURTLE PARTS OR MARINE TURTLE EGGS FOR
EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC OR RESEARCH PURPOSES

FISHERIES RESOURCES (JURISDICTION AND
CONSERVATION) ACT (CH.244)

FISHERIES RESOURCES (JURISDICTION AND
CONSERVATION) REGULATIONS


1. Name of Applicant: ................................................................
2 Address: .................................................................................
3. Telephone No:...........................................Fax No:.................
E-mail Address: ...........................................................................
4. Name of institution/organisation on behalf of which
educational, scientific or research project conducted ..................
.......................................................................................................
5. Purpose for taking, having in possession or exporting marine
turtles, marine turtle parts or marine turtle eggs ..........................
.......................................................................................................
6. Description of educational, scientific or research project ......
.......................................................................................................
7. Proposed geographical areas to conduct educational,
scientific or research project .........................................................
8. Proposed starting date:..............Proposed ending date ...........
9. Target marine turtle species ...................................................
10. Quantity of marine turtle species to be caught ......................
11. Additional information: .........................................................
......................................................................................................
......................................................................................................






Signature of Applicant

Date

S.I. 85/2009, s. 3.

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STATUTE LAW OF THE BAHAMAS LRO 1/2010



FORM 20 (Regulation 32(3))

PERMIT TO TAKE, HAVE IN POSSESSION OREXPORT
MARINE TURTLES, MARINE TURTLE PARTS OR

MARINE TURTLE EGGS FOR EDUCATIONAL,
SCIENTIFIC OR RESEARCH PURPOSES

FISHERIES RESOURCES (JURISDICTION AND
CONSERVATION) ACT (CH.244)

FISHERIES RESOURCES (JURISDICTION AND
CONSERVATION) REGULATIONS

No.: ............................................................................................
This permit is granted to take, have in his possession or export
marine turtles, marine turtle parts or marine turtle eggs for
educational, scientific or research purposes on behalf
of....................during the period....................to..........................in
the geographical area of ................................................................
This permit is issued subject to the following conditions:
1. The permit shall not be transferred or assigned.
2. The permit is granted on the understanding that the results of
the educational, scientific or research project are communicated
to the Government of The Bahamas.
3 Other conditions include: .......................................................
.......................................................................................................
This permit expires on .........day of.................................., 20.......
Dated this ....................day of.........................................., 20........

MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE AND MARINE
RESOURCES.



97.


S.I. 85/2009, s. 3.

FISHERIES RESOURCES (JURISDICTION AND
CONSERVATION)

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7 of 1993, s. 12.
THIRD SCHEDULE

FEES FOR PERMITS AND LICENCES
(a) Permit to trap crawfish $ 10.00
(b) Permit to sell fishery resource $ 5.00
(c) Permit to culture fishery resource

— experimental $ 50.00
— commercial $ 500.00

(d) Permit to engage in sportsfishing —
(i) for vessels entering The Bahamas —

on which will be used not more than six reels $10.00
$ 20.00 per trip

or $ 150.00
annually

on which will be used more than six
reels

$ 10,000.00
per annum

(ii) other vessels 20c per ft.
per annum

(dd) Permit to conduct a sportsfishing event or
tournament

$500.00

(e) Permit to conduct foreign fishing for
scientific or research purposes

$ 50.00

(ee) Permit to take, have in possession or
export marine turtles, marine turtle
parts or marine turtle eggs for
educational, scientific or research
purposes

$ 50.00

(f) Licence to export fishery resource $ 50.00
(g) Licence to export fishery product $ 300.00
(h) Licence to import fishery resource or

fishery product annual fee
$ 300.00

(i) Permit for commercial fishing vessel $ 10.00
(j) Licence to process and preserve

fishery resource and fishery product
for commercial purposes

$ 300.00

(k) Permit to use compressor $ 10.00


7 of 1993. s. 12.
S.I. 85/2009, s. 4

7 of 1993, s. 12.



















S.I. 67/2007.







S.I. 85/2009, s. 4

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STATUTE LAW OF THE BAHAMAS LRO 1/2010

FOURTH SCHEDULE (Regulation 49(2))
PART A

APPLICATION FOR LICENCE TO PROCESS OR
PRESERVE FISHERY RESOURCE OR FISHERY PRODUCT

FISHERIES RESOURCES (JURISDICTION AND
CONSERVATION) ACT

(Ch. 244)

FISHERIES RESOURCES (JURISDICTION AND
CONSERVATION) REGULATIONS

1. Name of Applicant ................................................................
2. Address ..................................................................................
3. Type of fishery resource or fishery product to be processed .....

........................................................................................................
4. Location of factory ................................................................
5. Description of factory ...........................................................

(a) Size of premises ..............................................................
(b) Chill room capacity .........................................................
(c) Freezer capacity ...............................................................
(d) List of major processing equipment ................................
(e) Type and quantity of water available for processing and

wash down ...................
NOTE: A plan of the factory on a scale of not less than one

eighth of an inch to the foot should be submitted
showing the intended use of each part, room or division.

...........................................................
Signature of Applicant

...........................................................
Date



FISHERIES RESOURCES (JURISDICTION AND
CONSERVATION)

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PART B (Regulation 49 (3))

LICENCE TO OPERATE A FACTORY TO PROCESS OR
PRESERVE FISHERY RESOURCE OR FISHERY PRODUCT

FISHERIES RESOURCES (JURISDICTION AND
CONSERVATION) ACT

(Ch. 244)

FISHERIES RESOURCES (JURISDICTION AND
CONSERVATION) REGULATIONS

No. .....................
This licence is granted to ...........................................................
to operate a factory for processing or preserving fishery
resource or fishery product.
This licence expires on 31st December, 19
Dated this .................................. day of ....................... 19 .......

MINISTER OF ECONOMIC AFFAIRS, AGRICULTURE
AND FISHERIES

FISHERIES RESOURCES (POTTERS CAY FISH
LANDING COMPLEX) REGULATIONS

(SECTION 19)
[Commencement 3rd March, 1986]

1. These Regulations may be cited as the Fisheries
Resources (Potters Cay Fish Landing Complex) Regula-
tions.

2. In these Regulations —
“Complex” means that facility or undertaking known

as the Potters Cay Fish Landing Complex
established and carried on by the Government at
the western portion of Potters Cay in the
Harbour of Nassau;

“causeway” means that causeway or road in the
Island of New Providence known as the
Mackey Street causeway commencing at the
southern end of the Paradise Island bridge and
extending northwards on both sides of that
bridge to Potters Cay;

S.I. 11/1986
S.I. 27/1992

Citation.

S.I. 11/1986
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