Pursuant to Section 9-12-46, Code of Alabama as stated by Rule 220-3-.01, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Marine Resources Division announces that as of 6 a.m., Monday, August 15, 2016, the following waters will close to shrimping:
 
That portion of Mobile Bay extending out from and parallel to the shoreline one-half nautical mile beginning at the center of Mayday Pier and then south to the northern edge of the Point Clear Channel, except in this area only, persons may use a cast net to catch or attempt to catch shrimp for bait or non-commercial purposes not to exceed one gallon of shrimp per person per day.
 
All inside waters not permanently closed by law or regulation will subsequently reopen to shrimp harvest at 6 a.m., October 1, 2016.
  
In a 2015 Alabama Legislative session, the Alabama legislature passed SB455 which changed the strategy in which Alabama manages the shrimp fishery. Traditionally, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources/Marine Resources Division managed the shrimp fishery with time/area closures based upon the distribution of 68 count shrimp. However, the 2015 legislation requires waters within one-half nautical mile from the eastern shore between Daphne and Point Clear to be closed to commercial harvest at 6 a.m. on August 15 of each year and reopen at 6 a.m. on October 1 of each year.
 
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through four divisions: Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries.  To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.  
 
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