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Flats Fishing Regulations

New Bahamas Flats Fishing Regulations came into effect on January 9th, 2017.

Visit www.Bahamas.GOV.BS/marineresources(under “Notices”) for Flats Fishing Regulations and Flats Angler Application.

Submit Application To

Minister responsible for Fisheries Resources at


Until the online application and payment process is put in place, fishing lodge owners and guides are allowed to complete the application and pay for licenses on behalf of expected visitors beforearrival in The Bahamas.

Cost of License

Day License (valid day of issuance only) – $15.00; Weekly License – $20.00; Monthly License – $30.00; Annual License – $60.00.

Some Things To Note

  • These regulations will require all persons using the flats, such as guides, anglers and DIYs to have a license issued by the Department of Marine Resources in New Providence, or the Family Island Administrators in the Family Islands, and soon the licenses will be issued on line.
  • All guides are expected to be certified over time by the Ministry of Tourism and the Department of Marine Resources, in conjunction with approved fly fishing associations in The Bahamas.
  • Bahamian certified fishing guides must be used if two (2) or more anglers are fishing in the flats by means of a vessel (skiffs, etc.)
  • Only Bahamian registered vessels will be allowed on the flats.
  • Only Bahamians will be allowed to work as guides.
  • All anglers over the age of 12 will need a license to fish.
  • Do-It-Yourselfers or DIYs will not need a fishing guide.
  • A conservation fund will be established for the conservation and management of the flats and its fishery resources.
  • No commercial fishing will be allowed on the flats.
  • The fishery covered by these regulations include bone fish, tarpon, cobia and permit.
  • The fines and penalties as set out in the regulations will be strictly enforced.