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Opening of Oyster Reefs Announced
September 28, 2004
Oyster Fishermen are reminded that effective
Governor Bob Riley has extended the grace period for the 2004 licenses through 0ctober 31, 2004. Normally licenses expire September 30 of each year, but due to the hardships on the seafood industry the grace period was extended.
Biologists are currently assessing the damage to the reefs from hurricane Ivan and Marine Resources Division Director R. Vernon Minton is actively working with oyster fishermen to evaluate the state of the fishery. Following the assessment recommendations will be made regarding conservation measures to ensure the health of the fishery. The Division will work with FEMA after assessment to ensure state and federal cooperation to restore the health of the reefs after the hurricane.