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URGENT UPDATE:
This pending rule change now requires all fish that were caught in the Bahamas to be subjected to All U.S. bag and possession limits. This wording was just put in prior to the final draft of this rule change. This changes everything. Example: You and a buddy go to Bahamas for a week and catch 18 wahoo (Bahamian limit). When you return to the U.S. you are only allowed to keep 2 wahoo per person! (U.S. limit).

If this affects you or you care, please call or email Kim Iverson ASAP at:
Toll Free 866/SAFMC-10 or 843/571-4366
kim.iverson@safmc.net

Ask her how it makes sense to enforce U.S. laws on fish caught in another Country and in compliance with that countries laws!

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Thanks for all your help and keeping us updated!
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Originally Posted by cntdr View Post
Thanks for all your help and keeping us updated!
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Here is SAFMC release: http://safmc.net/sites/default/files...inal121014.pdf
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Oh yeah! This would be great!
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Definitely good news and thanks for the update.....but I'm not crazy about the requirement that snapper and grouper fillets also need the skin intact on the entire fillets. Didnt think that was the case currently and we normally freeze our skinned snapper/grouper fillets while in the islands to make for some nice individual dinner packages coming home. Thoughts?
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While that's good news, doesn't Bahamian law require fish to be transported whole?
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Originally Posted by whichcraft View Post
While that's good news, doesn't Bahamian law require fish to be transported whole?
yup.
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Originally Posted by whichcraft View Post
While that's good news, doesn't Bahamian law require fish to be transported whole?
I am not well versed on this issue, but I believe that is what they are trying to change?

edit: on top of not being well versed, I need reading comprehension skills.

So it is ok to the "US" we bring them back, but where we are bringing them back from still poses an issue. Unless they are filleted on the way home out of the Bahamian waters.

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^^^^^^
That would be my interpretation.
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Hopefully Hub will respond and clarify some of these questions for us.
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Originally Posted by mikiewpb View Post
Definitely good news and thanks for the update.....but I'm not crazy about the requirement that snapper and grouper fillets also need the skin intact on the entire fillets. Didnt think that was the case currently and we normally freeze our skinned snapper/grouper fillets while in the islands to make for some nice individual dinner packages coming home. Thoughts?
If you are freezing fish, you are bringing back too much
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After reading it it won't work because someone will mess it up. People not clearing and fishing on the way back make this law ambiguous. These same people are the reason they started the laws to begin with because they can't enforce it any other way.
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Originally Posted by Lazy Bones View Post
If you are freezing fish, you are bringing back too much
I don't mean to be argumentative but we always make sure that we're legal-beagles, so not sure I follow the basis for your comment. If we're in the islands for an extended period of time, we have to freeze our fish to keep it good and only bring back our limit.....
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I would think that you can bring whole fish back. 1 whole fish = 2 filets (skin intact)
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Originally Posted by whichcraft View Post
While that's good news, doesn't Bahamian law require fish to be transported whole?
According to the Statute Law of the Bahamas Fisheries Resources (that I am in possession of) that was sent to me by Mr. Gliford V. Lloyd, Senior Fisheries Officer, Nassau - the Statute Ch.244-15(d) does NOT specifically state that fish must be left whole. So, unless a change has been made that I am unaware of- it is my belief that the fish do not need to be left whole... and for the record- I am NOT an attorney.
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URGENT UPDATE:
This pending rule change now requires all fish that were caught in the Bahamas to be subjected to All U.S. bag and possession limits. This wording was just put in prior to the final draft of this rule change. This changes everything. Example: You and a buddy go to Bahamas for a week and catch 18 wahoo (Bahamian limit). When you return to the U.S. you are only allowed to keep 2 wahoo per person! (U.S. limit).

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Toll Free 866/SAFMC-10 or 843/571-4366
kim.iverson@safmc.net

Ask her how it makes sense to enforce U.S. laws on fish caught in another Country and in compliance with that countries laws!

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