Nonresidents Now Have Option of $10 Annual Pier License
Out-of-state visitors to the Alabama coastal waters are now able to purchase a reasonably priced license to fish the public piers on inside waters and the Gulf of Mexico.
The Alabama Legislature recently passed House Bill 386, which establishes a nonresident public pier fishing license for an annual fee of $10. The legislation also changes the annual expiration date of public pier fishing licenses and saltwater pier fishing licenses to August 31. Alabama residents can still purchase an annual pier license for $5.
The public piers include Gulf State Park Pier and Fairhope Pier. Dauphin Island Pier is landlocked and no fishing is available. Residents and nonresidents are required to purchase a fishing permit at Gulf State Park Pier in addition to the pier license.
“A lot of people from out of state were not using the piers when they found out the cost of a nonresident saltwater fishing license,” said Major Chris Blankenship, head of Enforcement with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Marine Resources Division. “This gives visitors a lower-cost alternative to use the piers.”
For most nonresidents, the annual Alabama saltwater fishing is $45. For Louisiana, the fee is $90, the same fee charged to Alabama residents in Louisiana.
Alabama residents and nonresidents possessing a current saltwater fishing license, and residents and nonresidents under age 16, as well as residents age 65 or over are exempt from the pier license requirements. Residents and nonresidents are required to purchase a fishing permit at Gulf State Park Pier in addition to the pier license.
“The new pier license will remove a hurdle for many visitors to enjoy the great fishing offered at Gulf State Park Pier,” said Conservation Commissioner Barnett Lawley. “It was important that we make this outstanding facility, the longest pier on the Gulf of Mexico, available to everyone at a reasonable price.”
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