The BVI Government has very strict fishing regulations. The following fishing regulations apply for each visitor to the BVI, whether on a crewed charter:
- Each and every charter guest, 18 years of age or older, that wants to put a fishing line in BVI waters must have a fishing license in order to do so.
- Charter guests under the age of 18 may fish without a fishing license.
- Charter guests that will not be putting a fishing line in BVI waters do not need to obtain a fishing license, even if aboard a yacht that will be engaging in fishing activities.
You will need to obtain fishing licenses online and in advance through a local water sports source in the BVI. This source processes fishing licenses at a cost of $64 each, payable by credit card. Once complete, they will email you with the completed licenses. This process should be completed two weeks from the start of your charter, but no later than 5 business days prior to your charter start date. If interested further, we'll provide all the necessary information and steps approximately 30 days from the start of your charter.
Recent Fishing License Policy Change
The BVI Government has recently changed their policies regarding fishing. Starting April 1, 2016, all vessels must have a BVI fishing vessel registration number in order to engage in any fishing activities in the BVI. If your yacht has the required fishing vessel registration number we will supply you with all the details approximately 30 days from the start of your charter. If they do not have the required registration number, they will not be legal for any fishing in the BVI.
Contact us regarding your BVI fishing license questions or to obtain your fishing license in advance.
The waters around the US and British Virgin Islands are shallow and typically less than 100 feet deep. These waters are where you will spend a majority of your time during your trip. The fish that typically inhabit these waters include barracuda, snapper, grunts and bottom fish. These reef fish can carry a poisonous toxin called Ciguatera and eating these fish is strongly discouraged and therefore not allowed aboard our crewed yachts. Therefore, any reef fish that you may happen to catch on charter will be released and charter guests should realize in advance that fishing activities on these charters are simply for fun. Also, fishing in the Marine Parks is illegal, and fishing in the various anchorages is not allowed due to the fact that the same fish are being caught over and over again and are being injured or killed. Fishing while on charter takes place while you are trolling underway between the islands.
These additional regulations apply within the BVI:
- Spear fishing is illegal in the BVI.
- The use of scuba equipment to capture or remove any marine animal or coral is prohibited.
- Fishing within the boundaries of any marine park is forbidden.
Penalties For Non-Compliance
Penalties for non compliance of any fishing regulations can include severe fines, plus confiscation of fishing equipment and the charter yacht.
Our charter FAQ's page may answer many of the other questions you may have regarding a crewed charter in the BVI. Contact the charter experts now to get immediate assistance regarding any questions you may have.
The Crewed Charter Yacht Experience
Personalized and private, embark on the vacation of a lifetime! Learn more about what these crewed charters offer.