Kudos to the Bahamian government! And to all the recreational fishermen who made their voices heard in opposition to issuing permits for purse-seining operations in Bahamas waters. The government listened and has rejected the petition of netters who had hoped to be mining the lucrative waters of these islands that depend so heavily on tourism. Read the whole story here:
SUCCESS- Bahamian Government Rejects Purse-Seining Petition
The Billfish Foundation wishes to thank all of you who spoke out against the issuance of a permit for purse seine or net fishing to operate in Bahamian waters and to applaud the Bahamian government for rejecting the petition.
A public meeting was held Monday evening (March 1, 2010) and the overwhelming majority of those present spoke out against issuing a permit. After the meeting, the government issued the following statement:
Having regard to the importance of sportfishing to the Tourism Industry...legislation will prohibit the use of purse seine or net fishing to ensure that all fisheries resources, including migratory fish, are maintained at a sustainable level.
TBF President Ellen Peel and scientist Russell Nelson sent a strong statement that was read during the course of the meeting. Peel and Nelson both argued against the possibility of authorizing the use of purse seine gear or net fishing in the waters of the Bahamas. They cited not only the irreparable harm such practices would cause to billfish resources and other marine species, but also the negative impacts to sportfishing tourism.
The Billfish Foundation