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Press Release

Alabama Coastal Waters Closed Following Hurricane Katrina

August 31, 2005

Due to the flood disaster related to Hurricane Katrina, all Alabama coastal waters in Mississippi Sound from the Dauphin Island Bridge west to the Mississippi state line are closed to the operation of all vessels and watercraft, including commercial and recreational fishing vessels and watercraft. This closing includes Portersville Bay.

Emergency rule 220-6-.48-.136ER “Emergency Closure to Vessels and Watercraft” allows only these exceptions:  law enforcement vessels or other official emergency vessels involved in hurricane operations, and non-fishing commercial traffic in transit through the waters of this state.

In the interest of public health, safety, and welfare, this regulation will remain in effect until further notification by the Commissioner of Conservation and Natural Resources.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Parks, State Lands, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR visit www.outdooralabama.com.

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