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Final Rule to Increase the Annual Catch for Red Snapper on Charter Boats

February 24, 2020
(OBA®) - NOAA Fisheries announces a final rule to maintain a reduced buffer between the recreational for hire component annual catch limit (ACL) and recreational annual catch target (ACT) for Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) red snapper.  The reduced buffer would result in an increased ACT, which determines the length of the federal for-hire fishing season.
Source: Final Rule to Increase the Annual Catch for Red Snapper on Charter Boats
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MRD Hatchery Spawning Flounder for First Time | Outdoor Alabama

February 21, 2020
Anyone who has fished the beautiful waters of the Alabama Gulf Coast in the past decade knows that one of the premier inshore species, southern flounder, has been scarce. A well-documented decline in the southern flounder fishery started about 2008 and, unfortunately, the population hasn’t rebounded. Marine scientists don’t have any definitive reasons for the decline.
Source: MRD Hatchery Spawning Flounder for First Time | Outdoor Alabama
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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces 2020 Gulf Red Snapper Season

February 20, 2020
(OBA®) - Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the popular 2020 Gulf red snapper recreational season is set to open June 11 through July 25, with a possible fall reopening if quota is available. This season will apply to those fishing from private recreational vessels in Gulf state and federal waters, and to charter vessels that do not have a federal reef fish permit and are limited to fishing in state waters only.
Source: Governor Ron DeSantis Announces 2020 Gulf Red Snapper Season
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Gary Finch Outdoors: Teaching a biker to fish, and helpful hints for other beginning anglers – WKRG News 5

February 20, 2020
BON SECOUR, Ala. (WKRG) — Our Gary Finch Outdoors segment usually details expert advice on hunting and fishing. But what if you are far from an expert? Gary’s also great at teaching inexperienced fishermen, like WKRG.com Biker Dad Blogger, Chris Best. That’s why Gary invited Chris along for this week’s story. But could he actually bag a fish?
Source: Gary Finch Outdoors: Teaching a biker to fish, and helpful hints for other beginning anglers – WKRG News 5
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States given control of recreational snapper season

February 15, 2020
(OBA®) – For two years, NOAA let the states have a hand in managing the recreational red snapper season in the Gulf of Mexico. With that experience under their collective belts, NOAA recently announced it is officially handing off management of the season to five Gulf states including Alabama. “Under an exempted fishing permit (EFP), the five Gulf Coast states managed the private recreational red snapper fishery in the Gulf of Mexico for the 2018 and 2019 fishing seasons and saw remarkable success,” a release from the Coastal Conservation Association of Alabama states. “The EFP was the result of a multi-year effort to give the states control after the status quo federal management approach reduced the Gulf red snapper season to an astounding three days for private anglers in federal waters.”
Source: States given control of recreational snapper season
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Alabama’s Oyster Production Makes a Comeback | Outdoor Alabama

February 07, 2020
The high water in January that shut down the oyster season in Alabama has finally subsided, and the oyster catchers were recently cleared to resume the harvest of the state’s prized oysters by the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH). This may not seem like big news for some, but it is great news considering the uncertainty of whether Alabama’s oyster reefs would be open at all.
Source: Alabama's Oyster Production Makes a Comeback | Outdoor Alabama
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Rules for Red Snapper Fishing to Be Decided by States

February 07, 2020
(CN) – Decades before artificial reef building was a scientific exercise carried out with public-private partnerships, local charter boat captains in Orange Beach, Alabama would haul chicken coops, old cars and refrigerators out into the Gulf of Mexico in an effort to build habitat for fish like the red snapper. Today, Orange Beach, which sits next to the state line near Florida, bills itself as the red snapper capital of the world.
Source: Rules for Red Snapper Fishing to Be Decided by States
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Beach Town – Memphis magazine

January 14, 2020
On cue, a pair of bottlenose dolphins swimming so close they almost touch breach the calm waters of Perdido Bay, grabbing a quick breath before diving back underwater. Like the humans, they’re looking for fish to eat, but they need a lot more than we do. The average dolphin spends up to one-third of its life hunting and eating, consuming 10 percent of its body weight in fish every day.
Source: Beach Town - Memphis magazine
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Alabama a ‘mixed bag’ on environment, climate change – CSMonitor.com

December 31, 2019
With his black Ford pickup, Gator-Tail skiff, and Go-Devil motor, Bubba Nelson comes off as the quintessential delta man. Here in Alabama’s Baldwin County, in the heart of the massive and dynamic Mobile-Tensaw River Delta, the corner church and President Donald Trump are beloved. Environmentalists and the federal government, less so. Thick-bearded, baseball cap pulled low, Mr. Nelson in many ways embodies this dynamic: He has no problem with the United States exiting the Paris Agreement to cut global carbon emissions, as it did formally in November, calling it “toothless.”
Source: Alabama a 'mixed bag' on environment, climate change - CSMonitor.com
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Looking for a new fishing hole? Catch the bite along Alabama’s Gulf Coast – al.com

November 03, 2019
It’s finally cool enough to be completely comfortable in south Alabama, not only for anglers but also for the saltwater fish they pursue. Recent reports from the Gulf State Park Pier at Gulf Shores indicate Spanish mackerel fishing is red hot, with dozens of the slim speedsters coming over the rails anytime a bait school wanders near the structure. The pier is said to be the longest pier on the gulf, extending 1540 feet from shore and putting anglers well outside the bar where gamefish regularly pass as they chase mullet, cigar minnows and other baitfish.
Source: Looking for a new fishing hole? Catch the bite along Alabama’s Gulf Coast - al.com
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Fishing at Gulf State Park Pier on Fire

October 25, 2019
October 25, 2019 - Gulf State Park - (OBA®) - Those who love to fish the Gulf State Park Pier should not hesitate to head down to Gulf Shores-Orange Beach right away. Judging from what I witnessed last week, the fishing is on fire, especially for Spanish mackerel. Anglers were reeling in Spanish after Spanish on the Gulf’s premier fishing pier, which juts some 1,540 feet into Gulf of Mexico waters. Throw in redfish (red drum), king mackerel and huge ladyfish, dubbed the poor man’s tarpon, and you can see how much fun the pier anglers are having right now.
Source: Fishing at Gulf State Park Pier on Fire

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