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Fishing can be an integral part to living on any budget, be that a land based, or water based lifestyle. It will likely be more important if you are cruising around in countries where meat may be expensive, and fish, shellfish and lobster can serve as a protein for the meat that you cannot, or prefer not to buy. This page is dedicated to fishing regulations in the greater caribbean area.
Much of the advertisement for fishing in the Caribbean and many of the resources have to do with Bahamas fishing, fishing in the Bahamas, Nassau Bahamas fishing, Bahamas fly fishing, fishing in Freeport Bahamas, or Bahamas deep sea fishing, or even specifically deep sea fishing in Nassau, Bahamas. If you are looking to take a Bahamas fishing vacation or a Bahamas fishing trip, unlike the remaining majority of the Caribbean, the fishing regulations in the Bahamas are well documented. The Bahamas fishing regulations are also listed below along with most of the remainder of the Caribbean’s islands. Whether or not you are in the crowd looking to take a short fishing vacation in the Bahamas, there are numerous Bahamas fishing reports and fishing calendars to aid you in your decision of when and where to go and to help you find the best fishing in the Bahamas. However, if you are there for a short trip, and fishing is your pleasure, you will probably want to look more towards one of the many Bahamas fishing charters, whether a Nassau Bahamas fishing charter or otherwise, and would likely want to stay in one of the Bahamas fishing resorts, or one of the fishing lodges in the Bahamas. While deep sea fishing in the Bahamas is quite popular, of all the Bahamas sport fishing, people seem to flock to bone fishing and fly fishing in the Bahamas. For this very specialized area there are actually Bahamas fly fishing lodges and fly fishing guides.
It is arguable whether or not the Bahamas has the best fishing in the Caribbean, but what can be certain is that the fishing industry in the Bahamas is one of the largest. If you would like more resources on fishing in the Bahamas, please let us here at Sailing on the Cheap know and we will certainly compile those resources into an easily viewable and digestible format.
Most of the above expose on the Bahamas is not really for those of us trying to cruise, sail, live or travel on a budget. They are more for sport and for those who are not living on small fixed incomes. The purpose of this page is to summarize the entirety of the fishing regulations in the Caribbean so that those who are supplementing their diets with their fishing can attempt to do so in a legal manner. While this page is meant to be a complete reference for fishing regulations in many, if not all, of the Caribbean Islands, it is imminently important that you do your own research once you get to the actual island. For some reason, most of the small countries on this page have tucked their regulations away in hard to find places, and many do not provide a database of regulations online for viewing prior to actual contact with officials in the country. Do not assume that there are no fishing regulations for a particular island just because there is not a link to a web page on this site. Please also refrain from assuming that these are the most up to date regulations. It seems that the countries are slow to update their online resources and may have changed some of the applicable regulations. With that said, if a county does not provide online resources for fishing regulations, we have attempted to provide you a link to the government contact in the country so that you may go there when you get to the island. Most of the time, clicking on the name of the island, or island group, will bring you to the regulations page or pamphlet. However, please also try clicking on the island’s flag as we may have provided some links that will also be helpful to the cruising sailor. Please comment if you have any personal experience or you feel changes need to be made. If you need any North American Regulations, go here.
- Leeward Islands
- U.S. Virgin Islands
- British Virgin Islands (United Kingdom)
- Anguilla (United Kingdom)
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Saint Martin
- Saba (BES islands, Netherlands)
- Sint Eustatius (BES islands, Netherlands)
- Saint Barthélemy (French Antilles, France)
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Montserrat (United Kingdom)(Diving and Mooring)
- Guadeloupe (French Antilles, France) including
- Windward Islands
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Leeward Antilles