Please note: due to extreme overfishing in BVI waters, the government of the BVIs has amended legislation regarding fishing in the BVIs from 1 April 2016. All vessels that now carry any fishing gear onboard must register for 12 months as a “BVI fishing vessel”. In order to accommodate our guests, TradeWinds BVI has registered all our vessels for the next year (until 31 March 2017) but please note that this only applies to trawling while under way, and that NO fishing is ever allowed whilst at anchor or on a mooring ball. (For information regarding the fishing vessel regulations, guests can email the TradeWinds BVI office at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the BVI Conservation and Fisheries Department at +1-284-468-2700).
It is also important to note that ALL guests wishing to fish while sailing with us in the BVIs will require to obtain individual fishing permits for themselves. According to the law, this license is “granted to a person who catches fish on a catch-and-release basis”. For application forms for individual fishing permits guests should contact our Reservations team at email@example.com In the interests of conservation and in order to protect our susceptible marine life, TradeWinds made the decision that we would not renew our vessels’ registrations as “fishing vessels” once these registrations expired in April 2017. Therefore, from 1 April 2017 fishing will no longer be offered onboard TradeWinds boats in the BVIs. We know that some of you will be disappointed, but we hope that you understand that we feel it’s imperative that action is swiftly taken to conserve our threatened marine environments.
Swimming and snorkeling
At most dive sites in BVI certified divers may dive from the boat with one of our Divemasters, and those dives are complimentary for most TradeWinds members. There may however be some sites for which a fee is payable, and in these instances the divers themselves will be liable to pay any fees.