August 03, 2021
The Department of Marine Resources takes this opportunity to advise the general public that the crawfish season opened on Sunday, 1st August, 2021.
The public is reminded regarding the following:- 1. the legal measurement for whole crawfish is a carapace (jacket) length of 3 ¼ inches and when the tail is separated, a tail length of 5 ½ inches;
2. those persons wishing to harvest crawfish are required to have a crawfish measuring gauge in their possession at all times;
3. possession of dishwashing liquid, bleach or other noxious substance aboard any vessel while fishing is unlawful without first obtaining a permit authorizing such possession;
4. a permit is required for the use of the air compressor or crawfish traps to aid in fishing;
The public is also reminded that several portions of the Fisheries Act 2020 came into force on Tuesday, 22nd June, 2021. Amongst those portions of the mentioned legislation that are enforceable are:
1. The requirement that all vessels being 15 ft. or larger in length that are engaged in commercial fishing to be licenced by the Department of Marine Resources to be so engaged. Application forms may be obtained at any of the department’s offices in New Providence and the Family Islands. Applicants should ensure that their vessels have been licenced by the Port Department, and that they possess a valid Business Licence; and
2. The prohibition of foreign employment in any form aboard a licenced commercial fishing vessel.
The Department of Marine Resources further reminds the general populace that only those vessels owned by Bahamian citizens that are resident within the country can legally engage in commercial fishing exercises.
The cooperation of all persons engaged in fishing is requested regarding safeguarding the sustainability of our resources.