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Red Snapper Public Meetings Scheduled

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Marine Resources Division is hosting several public meetings in Baldwin and Mobile counties and a Facebook live session about the 2018 red snapper season.

The purpose of the meetings is to provide information about the dates of the red snapper fishing season and describe management measures that will be used to set and monitor the season as provided for in an Exempted Fishing Permit issued by NOAA Fisheries’ Southeast Regional Administrator. These meetings will be of interest to recreational anglers who fish from private vessels and captains of state-licensed charter boat vessels who plan to take recreational anglers on red snapper fishing trips in 2018.   

The topics to be covered include the following:

  • Specific dates for the season.
  • Mandatory reporting requirement and use of reported data to monitor season harvests.
  • Where state-licensed charter captains can fish for red snapper during chartered trips.

The meetings are open to the public and free of charge. The meeting times and locations are as follows:

Monday, April 23: 6 p.m.-7 p.m. at the Gulf Shores Adult Activity Center, 260 Clubhouse Dr., Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Tuesday, April 24: 6 p.m.-7 p.m. at the Tillman’s Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Rd., Mobile, AL 36619

Monday, April 30: 6 p.m.-7 p.m. at the 5 Rivers Tensaw Theatre, 30945 5 Rivers Blvd, Spanish Fort, AL 36527

Tuesday, May 1: 6 p.m.-7 p.m. at the Saraland Civic Center, 716 Mae St., Saraland, AL 36571

For those who are unable to attend any of the meetings, a Facebook live session will be held Tuesday, May 8 from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. on the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources-Marine Resources Division’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/AlabamaMarineResourcesDivision). After a short presentation, Marine Resources staff will answer questions submitted by viewers.

If Americans with Disabilities Act accommodations are needed for the meetings, please contact Karen Bryant at 251-968-9691 or karen.bryant@dcnr.alabama.gov. Requests should be made as soon as possible, but at least five days prior to the scheduled meeting. 

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