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Fishing License

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I'm planning to move from FL. Here, I do not need a recreational fresh- or saltwater license as I am 65+. I love casting from the beach. Strictly catch and release - except for snapper and pompano. :-] Of course, I recognize there are size restrictions. I checked the fishing site and it's quite vague. Any help?


Posted : October 11, 2004 9:17 pm
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Hello Bill,

Here is a bit more information: Recreational fishing licenses are presently not required. This includes persons fishing for the sole purpose of providing food for themselves or their family and those who catch and release. Sale of catch by recreational fishers is not allowed. Recreational fishers can not use the following gear; pots, traps, set-nets and haul seines.

Exceptions include three locations: Altona Lagoon and Great Pond on St. Croix, Great St. James Reserve and Cas Cay/Mangroove Lagoon Marine Reserves off St. Thomas - in these spots recreational fishing licenses are required as per last years handbook.

Commerical fishers need licenses, however none are being given as of August 24, 2001. You might contact the Fish and Wildlife office and have them send you the Commericial and Recreational Fishers Information Booklet. (340)775-6762


Posted : October 13, 2004 8:08 pm
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Bill, which island? On STJ if you are fishing within park waters, it is catch and release only. On STT you can get a permit to fish the marine reserve right at the airport. Best of luck to you!

Posted : October 15, 2004 10:53 am
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Please remember you MUST have a license to fish in BVI waters. They have become very strict about this.

Posted : October 15, 2004 1:52 pm
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