IS A TURKS AND CAICOS FISHING LICENSE REQUIRED FOR DEEP SEA FISHING?
Turks and Caicos, a haven for fishing enthusiasts, offers pristine waters and abundant marine life, making it an ideal destination for deep sea fishing. However, before you embark on your fishing adventure, it’s crucial to understand the regulations surrounding fishing licenses in these picturesque islands. In this updated blog post, we’ll delve into the specific rules governing the need for a Turks and Caicos fishing license for deep sea fishing.
The Fishing License Requirement
Unlike some destinations, Turks and Caicos requires all visitors aged 16 and older to obtain a Turks and Caicos fishing license when engaging in fishing activities. Children under 16 are exempt from this requirement, but adults must ensure they have the necessary permits before casting their lines.
Acquiring a Fishing License
Fortunately, obtaining a fishing Turks and Caicos fishing license is a straightforward process. Many fishing charters, including any of our private fishing charters, either include licenses in their charters or offer them for sale at a minor cost. We charge a flat fee per boat of $70 for fishing licenses for up to 6 persons. After that we charge an additional $50 per person per half day for licenses, drinks and snacks. For 3/4 and full day trips it is an extra $75 per person. Fishing Licenses can be purchased at $12 per person for those 16 years and older.
Cost of Fishing Licenses
For those opting for a 1-day fishing license, the cost is $10 when obtained from government offices and may range from $10 to $15 when purchased from marinas, charter companies, and other businesses. Similarly, 30-day fishing licenses are priced at $30 from government offices and may vary between $30 and $35 from businesses.
Identification and License Issuance
Applicants for a Turks and Caicos fishing license must present government-issued photo ID to the issuers. It’s essential to have proper identification when applying for a license to ensure compliance with the regulations.
Catch Limits and Regulations
Upon securing a Turks and Caicos fishing license, anglers must familiarize themselves with the specific catch limits and regulations to ensure responsible and sustainable fishing practices. Here are additional details to consider:
- Size Restrictions: In addition to the overall catch limits, there are size restrictions for certain species. It is crucial to be aware of the minimum size requirements for each type of fish to avoid unintentional violations. Generally, most edible fish must be at least 6 inches in length to be kept.
- Trophy Fish Criteria: The designation of a ‘trophy fish’ allows anglers to keep one exceptional catch per day, exceeding the regular catch limit. However, it’s important to understand the criteria for a trophy fish, which may vary for different species. Check local guidelines to identify the specific weight or size that qualifies a fish as a trophy.
- Catch-and-Release Practices: While the regulations outline the allowable catch limits, it’s encouraged for anglers to practice catch-and-release whenever possible. Releasing fish back into the water helps maintain healthy fish populations and contributes to the overall sustainability of the marine environment. Please note: All Billfish and Sharks are strictly catch and release! Take a look at our chart so you can see which months you will most likely find certain types of fish: https://gsfishing.com/the-fish/.
In conclusion, a Turks and Caicos fishing license is a requirement for visitors aged 16 and older engaging in fishing activities. By understanding the regulations, obtaining the necessary licenses, and adhering to catch limits, anglers can ensure a responsible and enjoyable deep sea fishing or bottom/reef fishing experience in the captivating waters of Turks and Caicos.