Over the last few months, there has been a great deal of controversy surrounding the fly fishing community in regards to a proposal for new flats fishing regulations in the Bahamas. The proposed regulations touched on everything from implementing license fees, to regulating do-it-yourself (DIY) fishing, to the certification of fishing guides, and as many of you are well aware, it has been a topic of great debate.
However, the Bahamas Department of Marine Resources recently released words sure to set many Bahamas bound anglers at ease.
According to the director of the Department, it has been “pretty much determined” that anglers will be required to purchase a fishing license to fish in the Bahamas. The fees have been said to go directly toward “conservation, research and enforcement activities that support fly fishing in the Bahamas.”
Furthermore, it has also been reported that given the significance of DIY fishing throughout the Bahamas, new management measures are now being considered which would allow anglers who have purchased a license to fish unguided (DIY) on all flats (except those under special management).
We think this is a great compromise allowing everyone to experience flats fishing throughout the Bahamas, while still contributing to the conservation of a truly incredible resource.
For more updated information on the proposed fly fishing legislation, check out the most recent report, courtesy of Tribune 242, here!