> Recreational hook-and-line fishing does not require a licence and the general fishing regulations can be found online at www.gov.bm/fishing-restrictions-and-catch-limits.  

> Information on protected species can also be found online at https://www.gov.bm/bermudas-protected-species, and http://environment.bm/protected-species.  Although you can target certain fish with a particular type of bait or size of hook, when fishing with hook-and-line there is little control over what will bite.  People should be advised that if a protected or undersized fish is caught, every effort should be made to release it without doing further harm. 

> Information on recreational spearfishing and lobster licences can be found online at https://www.gov.bm/online-services/apply-spearfishing-licence and https://www.gov.bm/online-services/apply-recreational-lobster-diving-licence.   These licences are only available to residents.

> Interpretive tri-lingual (English, Spanish and Portuguese) signs with important fisheries regulations are posted at 10 key fishing hot spots, including Cooper’s Island, Flatts, Penhurst and Watch Hill Parks.

> Stickers for measuring fish, which also contain information on protected species, are available for collection at the Department’s Coney Island office and  Botanical Gardens office. They are also made available at boating and fishing shops, such as the Fly Bridge Tackle, Marine Locker, and Robinson’s and Dowling’s fuel stations. 

If you need further information, please contact:

Dr. Tammy M. Trott
Senior Marine Resources Officer
Government of Bermuda,
Department of Environment and Natural Resources
3 Coney Island Rd. | St. Georges CR04 | Bermuda
T: 441 239 2325 | C: 441 705 2716
Email: [email protected]  | Website: www.gov.bm 

*Photo: the onionpatch.com