From the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Latest update: Local laws and customs

Observe customs regulations on the import and export of agricultural products and the protection of marine and animal life. There are a number of marine and animal specimens that may not be taken from the island. If in doubt, check with the local customs authorities before buying, or attempting to import or export such items.

Spear fishing isn’t permitted in the BVI. The use of SCUBA equipment, explosive, poison or other noxious substance to capture or remove any marine animal or coral is against the law (this includes dead coral and shells). Fishing within the boundaries of any marine park is strictly forbidden.

Fishing without the correct permit carries steep penalties. You can get a temporary permit from the Ministry of Natural Resources & Labour or the Department of Conservation & Fisheries:

Ministry of Natural Resources & Labour Administration Complex Road Town Tortola Telephone: (284) 468-3701 extension 2147 Fax: (284) 494-2499

Department of Conservation and Fisheries, The Quastisky Building PO Box 3323 Road Town, Tortola. Telephone: (284) 494-5681/3429 or (284) 468-3701 extension 5555/1 Fax: (284) 494-2670

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