It is looking more and more likely that the regulations proposed to restrict flats fishing are aimed at DIY anglers and foreign lodges. The provisions allowing the denial of a permit to an angler and the nebulous requirements that lodges might have to fulfill in order to operate may not have been unintentionally vague, but may have been written in a way so that decision on who gets to fish, who gets to guide and who gets to operate lodges is given to those who would use those powers to limit competition, restrict DIY anglers and try to direct more business to themselves.
So, all those things that would be easy to fix to get something more reasonable on the table seem to be mechanisms with malicious intent purposefully crafted to do the very things they look like they could do in a worst case scenario.
This idea that if you get rid of DIY angling and foreign lodges the Bahamas somehow flourishes is just bad math. It is the economic equivalent to children playing with matches in a bone dry field. Bad things are going to happen and people are going to get hurt.
Not every guide in the Bahamas is in favor of this, not by a long way, but there are some folks in positions of influence and power who seem hellbent on doing something, even after the mounting evidence that it will go badly. This could become a case study on what happens when you alienate your key customers.
Here’s a story from the Nassau Guardian voicing just one lodge owner’s (Bahamian at that) concern over what is happening.
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