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Big regulations coming this summer to 2 popular inshore fish species | fox10tv.com

April 06, 2019
Big regulation changes are coming this summer to two very popular inshore fish species. Officials with Alabama Marine Resources said speckled trout and flounder stocks are showing a historical decline and changes have to be made. For one, both will likely see minimum size limits increased.
Source: Big regulations coming this summer to 2 popular inshore fish species | News | fox10tv.com
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Alabama Receives Approval to Manage Recreational Red Snapper Fishery

April 05, 2019
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council met this week in Biloxi, Mississippi, to take final action on Reef Fish Amendment 50: State Management for Recreational Red Snapper. The Council voted unanimously to delegate management authority of the private angling component for recreational red snapper fishing to each Gulf state, beginning with the 2020 fishing year. Under this amendment each state is allocated a portion of the recreational quota. Alabama was allocated just over 26% of the total recreational red snapper quota.
Source: Alabama Receives Approval to Manage Recreational Red Snapper Fishery
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Orange Beach has two fixes planned for pass fishing park

April 05, 2019
Orange Beach is making plans to expand the boardwalk and landscaping at Seawall Park underneath the Perdido Pass Bridge. “That is for phase three for the park part is extending the boardwalk, installing the landscaping and benches at that final area over by the helipad,” Coastal Resources Director Phillip West said. “It will cost anywhere from $80,000 to $100,000.”
Source: Orange Beach has two fixes planned for pass fishing park
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Size limits to tighten for speckled trout and flounder – al.com

April 02, 2019
Minimum size limits for speckled trout and flounder will likely increase this summer due to declining populations for both species. For flounder, the legal size will probably be raised from the current 12 inches to a 15-inch minimum, measured from the tip of the fish’s head to the end of its tail. Flounder will also likely be closed to harvest for the month of November, during the species’ annual spawning run into the Gulf.
Source: Size limits to tighten for speckled trout and flounder - al.com
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Gulf State Park Pier Managed Shark Fishing Season Reopens March 31

March 26, 2019
March 26, 2019 - Gulf Shores, AL - (OBA®) - The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ permitted, managed shark fishing season at the Gulf State Park Pier reopens this Sunday. The first two managed shark fishing events will take place on the south end of the pier – called the octagon – from 7 p.m. Sunday, March 31, until 7 a.m. Monday, April 1, 2019, and from 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, until 7 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, 2019. The remaining events take place on most Sundays and Tuesdays from April through September.
Source: Gulf State Park Pier Managed Shark Fishing Season Reopens March 31
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Marine Resources Considering Changes to Flounder, Sea Trout Limits

March 23, 2019
Alabama’s inshore anglers are aware that fishing for two of the most popular species – southern flounder and spotted seatrout – has not been up to normal Gulf Coast standards in the past few years. The Alabama Marine Resources Division (MRD) is seeking public input on how to mitigate this downturn in the abundance of the two species. MRD recently held public meetings with commercial and recreational anglers to discuss what management measures would be supported.
Source: Marine Resources Considering Changes to Flounder, Sea Trout Limits
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Recreational Harvest Closure of Greater Amberjack and Gray Triggerfish – Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council

March 20, 2019
This NOAA Fisheries Bulletin is provided as a courtesy: FB19-016 FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: March 20, 2019 CONTACT: Lauren Waters, 727-824-5305, Lauren.Waters@noaa.gov   WHAT/WHEN/WHERE: Recreational harvest of gray triggerfish in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) will close at 12:01 am, local time, on May 11, 2019. The 2020 recreational fishing year begins…
Source: Recreational Harvest Closure of Greater Amberjack and Gray Triggerfish - Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council
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300-foot fishing pier centerpiece of renovated Lagoon Pass Park in Gulf Shores | fox10tv.com

March 08, 2019
A popular waterfront park in Gulf Shores just got a major face-lift and is about to open back up to the public. Lagoon Pass Park at West Beach now has a new fishing pier, pavement and biking paths. It’s just the latest example of how the city is improving accessibility to its natural resources.
Source: 300-foot fishing pier centerpiece of renovated Lagoon Pass Park in Gulf Shores | News | fox10tv.com
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Marine Resources to Hold Public Meetings on Potential Regulation Changes

March 05, 2019
March 5, 2019 - Orange Beach, AL - (OBA®) - The Alabama Marine Resources Division (MRD) will host three public meetings to provide information about potential upcoming regulation changes. To provide the information in a timely manner, the meetings are designed to address the priorities and issues of specific user groups. However, each meeting is open to the public.
Source: Marine Resources to Hold Public Meetings on Potential Regulation Changes
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Students Encouraged to Enter State-Fish Art Contest

March 04, 2019
March 4, 2019 - Orange Beach, AL - (OBA®) - Each year, K-12 students from across the country can enter their artwork in the Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Contest. The contest requires student artists to depict a state fish. Prizes are awarded at the state and national levels in four categories: K-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12, with students in grades 4-12 writing a one-page essay about the fish, its natural habitat and the importance of that habitat in addition to the artwork. Complete contest rules and the entry form can be found on the Wildlife Forever website, www.wildlifeforever.org.
Source: Students Encouraged to Enter State-Fish Art Contest
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Thousands of pounds of red snapper, shark seized from illegal fishing lanchas | kiiitv.com

March 02, 2019
U.S. Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi was busy this week stopping some illegal fishing in federal waters. On Wednesday, crews stopped three lanchas with more than a dozen Mexican fisherman who were fishing illegally. The Coast Guard recovered more than 3,000 pounds of red snapper and more than 1,000 pounds of shark.
Source: Thousands of pounds of red snapper, shark seized from illegal fishing lanchas | kiiitv.com
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Nation’s largest artificial reef program expands with eight new zones

February 22, 2019
February 22, 2019 - Gulf State Park - (OBA®) - On February 22, 2019, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) held a naming ceremony for eight new artificial reef zones in waters off the coast of Alabama. The ceremony took place at the Dunes Terrace at the Gulf State Park Lodge in Gulf Shores, Ala.
Source: Nation’s largest artificial reef program expands with eight new zones

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