Panama Marine Conservation at SFPIL
Panama fishing regulations are the strictest of all Central American countries. These laws regulating commercial fishermen insure the future sustainability of our fishery. The Panamanian government realizes that the sport fishing tourist dollars are stronger and more important than the exporting of dead fish. Panama passed into law on August 20, 1997, Executive Decree No.33, protecting all billfish species in the Republic of Panama. The law prohibits killing of any billfish including Black Marlin, Blue Marlin, Striped Marlin, White Marlin, Spearfish, Sailfish, and Swordfish. Further it state that these fish are reserved for sport fishing only by catch and release. The law additionally prohibits the commercial export of any billfish caught in Panamanian waters. The government also banned large industrial long-lining operations, and Yellowfin Tuna purse seiners. Panama’s Executive Decree 486 signed into law on Dec. 28, 2010, prohibits logline vessels of over six tons from operating within our waters. Due to this lack of heavy fishing pressure the offshore fishing action here is legendary! Sport Fish Panama Island Lodge is also committed to the sustainable use and conservation of our fishery and all of the precious natural resources. We’d like it to be enjoyed for our family’s generations to come. We practice catch and release of all Billfish, Roosterfish, Cubera Snapper and only keep fish we intend to eat. The rest are released to fight another day!