The Triton

Where in the World

Yacht caught fishing in marine park

ADVERTISEMENT

A 70-foot sportfishing yacht was stopped and had its fishing equipment confiscated while fishing in a protected marine park in the Exumas. Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park is a no-take zone, according to the park warden.

The vessel and its crew were intercepted about 1nm ESE of Warderick Wells Cay.

“Upon instruction from the Park Administrator, the vessel was boarded by a joint team consisting of the Park Warden and two Royal Bahamas Defence Force Marines,” the park announced in a statement. “Upon completion of a thorough inspection, and confiscation of all fishing apparatus, the Park Administrator and an RBDF PO joined the vessel. Under their command, the vessel and its crew were then escorted via military and park patrol craft to Blackpoint, Exuma, where the vessel and crew were handed over to the Royal Bahamas Police Force for further processing.”

When caught, captains and crew often say they didn’t realize they were in the park, park officials say, but the officials note that the park’s boundaries are marked on both electronic and paper charts, including in the Explorer chart book.

Boundaries of Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park run from Wax Cay Cut in the north to Conch Cut in the south, and extend outward 4nm to the east and west. The park is managed by the Bahamas National Trust. Bahamian law allows severe consequences for a poaching or fisheries offense. Park staff maintain patrol o ensure both conservation and safety are maintained within the park.

Fishing, shelling, and conching are prohibited within the park. Anyone witnessing such activity is asked to call “Exuma Park Warden” on VHF09. The Royal Bahamas Defence Force maintains an operations base at Warderick Wells, and assists park staff with enforcement. Contact “Defence Force” on VHF16.

 

Related Posts...
A proposal before the Auckland Council in New Zealand seeks Read more...
The U.S. Coast Guard ended the voyage of a vessel Read more...
Update Dec. 4 Captain sentenced in guest death in propeller Read more...
A subcommittee of the International Labor Organization will recommend that Read more...
A French court has fined a U.S. cruise ship captain Read more...

Share This Post

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please answer the question below to leave a comment. * Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Editor’s Picks

Colors, carvings and curves worth the challenge in Papua New Guinea

Colors, carvings and curves worth the challenge in Papua New Guinea

Story and photos by Kevin Davidson Headhunters, warriors, spears, bows and arrows – ready for something different? Then join me on a …

Top Shelf: In charter season, a helper worth her weight in cake

Top Shelf: In charter season, a helper worth her weight in cake

Top Shelf: by Chef Tim McDonald Ask any sole charter chef what they want most for Christmas and I’ll bet you, sure as nuts, they will …

Sea Sick: Save severed finger with correct response

Sea Sick: Save severed finger with correct response

Sea Sick: by Keith Murray While working on a boat, there are many opportunities to lose a finger or two. Think hatches, winches, ropes, …

Triton networks with Maritime Marine

Triton networks with Maritime Marine

More than 220 yacht captains, crew and industry folks joined us for Triton Networking with Maritime Marine on the first Wednesday in …