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September, 2015

  • 10 September

    The Battle for Bonefish and the Future of the Bahamas

    The island nation of the Bahamas boasts the largest saltwater flats in the entire Caribbean, reputedly ten times larger than those of Mexico. Countless celebrated saltwater species—including bonefish, tarpon, permit, snook, crabs, shrimp, and lobster—call these flats home. Protecting the future of these flats in perpetuity is, unsurprisingly, of paramount importance to interested stakeholders, who include Bahamian fishing guides and lodge owners, governmental officials, and all other citizens who benefit from the nation’s sporting tourism.

August, 2015

  • 14 August

    Industry Continues to Rail Against Disastrous Fly Fishing Regulations

    The Department of Marine Resources is proposing new flats fishing legislation that will adversely affect our economy if the new bill is anything like the draft legislation. The draft legislation caused panic in the fly fishing industry among fisherman, guides, lodges, hotels, guest houses, second-home owners, rental home owners, and other industry partners because it has been seen as anti-foreign and seeks to greatly limit our visitor’s ability to fish without a guide. It has left our much-valued visitors feeling unwelcomed in The Bahamas.

July, 2015

  • 29 July

    A Special Appeal from the Abaco Fly Fishing Guide Association

    As you are aware, Prescott Smith is the president of the Bahamas Fly Fishing Industry Association. We believe he, and some of his supporters on the board of the BFFIA, are the primary authors of the draconian fly fishing draft legislation that is exclusionary to most of the bonefishing sector’s visitors, clients, and our global partners that has caused so much panic in the flats fishing industry.

  • 16 July

    From the Editor’s Desk: ClownFish

    It feels that there are people influencing policy that are either intentionally destroying the economy or are, in fact, too stupid to be held accountable for their missteps. I am not sure which option is sadder. I know that whichever it is, though, is indeed baffling.

  • 7 July

    Short Sighted Legislation Threatens $140 Million Industry

    Flyfishing enthusiasts and professionals are outraged concerning proposed new legislation for the industry. Though some agree that there are certain points of the new law that could be beneficial, the majority of industry stakeholders, including the Abaco’s Fly Fishing Guides Association (AFFGA), agree that if the laws are implemented as they are written it would be devastating to the industry.

  • 7 July

    Bonefishing Laws Don’t Just Hurt Tourists

    I am a second home owner in Treasure Cay. I have always enjoyed and respected your editorials on the local scene. I am a huge fan of the Abaconian.

  • 7 July

    Reject the New Fishing Regulations

    I would like to draw your reader's attention to the recently published draft Fisheries Resources Flats Fishing Regulations that are currently out for public comment on the government website. (www.bahamas.gov.bs)