Friday, June 26, 2015

TAKE ACTION...Trouble in the Bahamas

I'm sure most of you have heard about what is unfolding in the Bahamas right now...but for those of you who haven't:

Via Hatch Outdoors:

Dear Hatch Friends and Customers:

Hatch Outdoors is joining with lodges, guides, small businesses and other booking entities to issue a “call to action” regarding dangerous new fisheries regulations and legislation. This is is being proposed by a small number of short-sighted, anti-foreign guides that aim to regulate fishing access in the Bahamas and actually prohibit foreign-owned fishing lodges throughout the Bahamas. 

Please join us in making sure the voices of sportsmen, recreational fishermen and destination anglers are heard. Public comment will only be accepted until Friday, June 26th, so please join us and take action now.


Please cut and paste the following letter (or write one of your own) and email it to:

Dear Sir or Madam:

I strongly oppose the proposed fisheries regulations currently being proposed for the Bahamas. The issue of protecting the fisheries resource is not one of ownership but rather one of sound, common-sense stewardship. It is in the best interest of the fishing lodges and outfitting operations - whether they are locally owned or foreign owned - to protect the resource on which their businesses depend. Further, every fishing lodge in the Bahamas provides the country much needed jobs. Please focus your attention on the health and protection of the fisheries and do not attempt to regulate the guides and lodges. The proposed fisheries regulations are quite literally a bad solution in search of a problem that does not exist. The traveling angler has many choices throughout the Caribbean and throughout the world. If the Bahamas passes this legislation and sends the message that destination anglers are not welcome in the Bahamas, then he or she will quite simply take their business elsewhere. Thank you for your attention.


To learn more and see the actual drafts of the two published documents, click below.


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