View Full Version : Spearfishing In The Bahamas
07-13-2003, 08:35 PM
Can anyone tell me what the law is for shooting a triggered
gun in the bahamas.
I am talking about 10 or more miles from actual land.
I have read all of the rules and regulations but they are
not too clear.
I know that white man can only use non triggered devices
and can not take game while using scuba.
but where is the cut offline for the Florida rules to the Bahama rules?
what do you guys do or what are the rules that i should know :p
07-13-2003, 10:14 PM
i go over there all the time and you deffinetly cant use guns over there,but i heard rumor that as long as you cant see land then you might be ok..but to be safe i wouldnt bring guns..if you get caught over there your screwed for sure here there is some loop holes in the law but i would never test them..it really all comes down to how bad you want to break the law
07-14-2003, 07:40 AM
If someone sees you with a gun over there, you will go to jail. Even if you forgot to take it out of the boat before you left for the islands, and had no intention of using it, you will go to jail.
NO TRIGGERS are allowed. What ever you can do with your hands works(pole spear/slings).
Don't even THINK of bringing a gun near the bahamas unless you want to sit in a NASTY jail in freeport.
Slings are more fun anyway!
07-14-2003, 05:16 PM
i believe the cut off is 12 miles, but that is not counted from shore, they use the the contentional shelf i think. then you would have to bring the fish back to the US.
07-14-2003, 07:32 PM
We go over there to the bank quite a bit.
I know the law, but was unsure of where there waters ended
and international waters started
07-14-2003, 10:55 PM
a country's eez(where their laws apply) extends 200 miles into the surrounding waters. where two countries are less than 400 miles from eachother, they govern the waters up to the half way point, so no luck in the islands, as soon as you get 30 miles off, you're subject to their laws. plus the us coast guard has athority to patrol because of the lack of bahamian cutters.
hope that helped
btw- you can have a gun onboard, if it's properly stowed whatever that means.
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