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Oyster Management Area Change

Pursuant to Section 9-12-28, Code of Alabama 1975 as stated by Rule 220-3-.02, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ (ADCNR) Marine Resources Division (MRD) will change areas of public oyster bottoms open for weekday harvest beginning on Wednesday, December 16, 2020, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Harvest Area Closing: Cedar Point West will be closed to harvest on Tuesday, December 15, 2020, at 2 p.m.

Harvest Area Open: Cedar Point East will remain open – See map for open areas.

Oyster Harvest Limits: Commercial oyster catchers may harvest six (6) sacks per person per vessel, per day regardless of how many licensed harvesters are aboard. Recreational oyster catchers may harvest 100 legal size oysters per person, per day. Recreational harvest may only occur in areas and at times that are open for commercial harvest.

Harvest Method: Tong and Hand Only

Management Station Locations: Cedar Point Cutoff, 16871 Dauphin Island Pkwy in Coden, Alabama

Management Station Hours: Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Management Station Contact: (251) 257-9966

Harvesters can view their locations and the open harvest areas with Alabama’s Oyster Management Station (OMS) Oyster Grid Map. A link to the map is available at www.outdooralabama.com/fishing/saltwater-fishing.

Harvesters are reminded to visit the OMS location to drop off their OMS ID cards and confirm which zone(s) is open for harvest.

All commercial oyster catchers, regardless of age, must have a commercial oyster catcher’s license in order to participate in the harvest. For information about licensing and regulations, please contact MRD at (251) 861-2882 or visit the MRD office located at 2 North Iberville Drive on Dauphin Island.

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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