The Department of Marine Resources would like to advise the general public that the closed season for the harvesting of crawfish is from April 1, 2018, to July 31, 2018. During this period, it is an offense for an individual to capture, have in one’s possession, kill or offer for sale or market any fresh or live crawfish. Individuals possessing crawfish trapping permits, crawfish exporter’s licenses and permit holders authorizing the use of air compressors are reminded that these all expire on March 31, 2018. During closed season, all crawfish traps must be stored on land and, all crawfish processors, restaurant, and food stores must file a report to the Department of Marine Resources stating the exact quantity of crawfish in one’s possession as of April 1st, 2018. Processors with intentions to export crawfish during its closed seasons are reminded that they must first obtain a special permit from the Department of Marine Resources.
The utilization of an air compressor during the period of April 1, 2018, to July 31, 2018, to aid in any fishing in The Bahamas is prohibited. Persons are to further note that during this time it is an offense to have both marine resources and air compressors onboard vessel at the same time. Fisheries Inspectors will be vigilant to ensure compliance with the regulations. Violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. The Department of Marine Resources requests the full co-operation of all fishers towards its mandate of ensuring the sustainability of all marine resources for the future generations of Bahamians.