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Press Release

Gill Net Regulations Change for Lower Mobile Delta

July 08, 2004

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Divisions of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries and Marine Resources, announce the implementation of an amended regulation that will change the time period that commercial gill nets can be fished in waters of the lower Mobile Delta. The amended regulation (220-2.-42) approved by Commissioner Barnett Lawley and put into effect on July 16, 2004, reads as follows:

(a)  From January 1 to September 1, in Grass Bay, Chuckfey Bay, Choccolata Bay, Gustang Bay, Big Bay John, Bay Minette Basin and Bay, Little Bay John, Big Bay Bateau, Little Bay Bateau, and John’s Bend, Monday through Friday, except official State of Alabama holidays, between the hours of sunrise and sunset, by the use of nets with a mesh size of not less than three inches (3") knot to knot with a stretch or spread of not less than six inches (6"). These nets shall be constantly attended.

(b) From January 1 to May 31, in Grand Bay, Polecat Bay, and Bay Delvan, Monday through Friday, except official State of Alabama holidays, between the hours of sunrise and sunset, by the use of nets with a mesh size of not less than one and three-eighths (1d") inches knot to knot; provided that any person in these areas possessing, using, or attempting to use, a gill net with a mesh size less than three inches (3") knot to knot is required to be licensed and permitted under 9-11-141, 9-11-142, and 9-12-113, and shall have such licenses and permit in possession.  These nets shall be constantly attended.

Questions about the changes in this amended regulation should be directed either to the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division, (251) 626-5153, or Marine Resources Division at Dauphin Island, (251) 861-2882.

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