The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announces the implementation of a new regulation to prohibit commercial or non-game fish sales and commercial gear use in specific advisory areas. The regulation approved by Commissioner Barnett Lawley and put into effect on
a) It shall be illegal to fish with the aid of commercial gear in any specific portion of the public waters of the State under the jurisdiction of the Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries as provided in Rule 220-2-.42 where there has been a fish consumption advisory issued by the State Department of Public Health on any commercial or non-game fish species. The provisions of this paragraph shall not apply to persons taking fish pursuant to a valid permit issued pursuant to Section 9-11-231, Code of Alabama 1975.
b) In addition, it shall be illegal to sell or offer for sale any fish taken from such waters regardless of the method by which the fish are taken.
Corky Pugh, Director of Alabama’s Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries states, “Anglers should realize that the majority of fish caught from
Waters where advisories have been issued by the Department of Health constitute a very small portion of
Check out our website at www.dcnr.state.al.us/agfd for a link to the Alabama Department of Public Health’s fish advisories.