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Strange Fish You Cannot Identify

Having Trouble Identifying Your Catch?

The Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division is interested in helping you identify fish that you have caught in the fresh waters of Alabama.  This will help you improve your identification skills, and we can gain information from your reports.

Please email Doug Darr at doug.darr@dcnr.alabama.gov with a picture or a description of your fish.  We would like to know where and when you caught the fish.  We would be interested in how long the fish is and how much it weighs.  You may bring it to a biologist at one of the five district offices.  If you do not have email, you may call the Fisheries Section at 1-334-242-3471 or write to us at:
Fisheries Section
64 N Union Street, Suite 551
Montgomery, AL  36104

Fish stocked from sources both within and outside of Alabama can have a negative effect on the ecosystems of Alabama's waterways.  The release of aquatic organisms into the waters of Alabama can reduce commercial fish populations and recreational fish populations, and recreational fishing alone is a billion dollar industry in Alabama. It is illegal to stock or move any fish, mussel, snail or crayfish to any public water without a permit.

Aquarium and Aquatic Pets:  If your family gets tired of its aquarium or aquatic pets, do not release anything from the aquarium (water, plants, fish or animals) into or near a body of water or storm drain.  Explain to your children how, if you released your pet, you could be affecting fish and animals that already live in the water.

If you cannot find a home for the critters in your aquarium, bury them. Dump the water into the toilet or yard far away from storm drains.

For more information, see Habitattitude and the Outdoor Alabama magazine article "Piranha in Alabama?"

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Note: In Alabama, it is illegal to stock or move any fish, mussel, snail or crayfish to any public water without a permit.


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