Foreigners May Be Banned From Fishing Industry

Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham

The government is considering amending the law so that foreigners who marry Bahamians will be excluded from the fishing industry.

Dozens of local fishermen gathered at Holy Cross Anglican Church in Hamilton’s, Long Island on Friday to meet with Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and other government officials, including Defence Force Commodore Roderick Bowe, to voice concerns over threats to the fishing industry, the backbone of the island’s economy.

With Dominicans poaching in Bahamian waters singled out as the main issue affecting fishermen, Prime Minister Ingraham said there are two contributing factors that need to be dealt with – foreigners obtaining work permits to fish, and foreigners who marry Bahamians “for convenience” and are able to gain spousal permits.