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Establishment Of The Regulatory Framework For Flats Fishing Regime In The Bahamas

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FIELD REPORT: From the Desk of the Executive Director Bahamas Sportfishing & Conservation Association (BSCA) Tuesday, 11th March 2008 Meeting With Ambassador for the Environment, & Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Dr. Ronald Thompson

On Monday, 10th March 2008 the BSCA President, Prescott Smith and Executive Director Troi A. Ferguson met with Dr. Ronald Thompson, Ambassador for the Environment and Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister to discussed those areas addressed in the BSCA’s letter submitted for and on behalf of flyfishermen in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. The areas discussed included the following:

  •     Research practices / Knowledge drain
  •     Lack of training for Bahamians
  •     Lack of legislative recognition
  •     Poaching
  •     Unfaircompetition
  •     Lack of Government respect and response
  •     Unethical practices by Government officials
  •     Disregard for Bahamian small businesses, such as flyfishermen
  •     Inability of The Bahamas to keep pace with market trends
  •     Limited Government resources

It was agreed that the BSCA would submit for Government’s consideration points, opportunities and remedies in the following areas:

  •     Research practices
  •     Poaching
  •     Unfaircompetition
  •     Flyfishing as small business
  •     Keeping pace with market trends
  •     Alternatives to limited Government resources

It was also agreed that the BSCA would provide the following documents for Government’s consideration:

  • Draft legislation for the flyfishing industry
  • Updated copy (copyrighted) of the BSCA training manual for flyfishing
  • Draft copy of standards (copyrighted) in flyfishing that would be incorporated in flyfishing law/regulations

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