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     The Fisheries Section is responsible for collecting data and making recommendations to the Administrative Section for fisheries management -- the management of all commercial and recreational fisheries in Alabama waters. Fisheries management decisions are based upon sound biological data. The fisheries section is responsible for designing and conducting projects to provide the data necessary to support various decisions that must be made by the fisheries administrators. To accomplish this goal, the Fisheries Section maintains ongoing biological sampling, data analysis and basic research programs.

     Fisheries management sampling programs concentrate particularly on recreationally and commercially important finfish, shrimp and oyster populations. Biologists monitor and assess fish, shrimp, and oyster habitat and populations, checking the size and number of organisms that appear. As data is collected, it is entered into a computer database for analysis for recommendations on size limits and other regulations to conserve the sampled marine species.

     To minimize the oil and gas industries' impacts on coastal resources, the Fisheries Section also interacts with inter-agency scientists and members of the industries to provide recommendations for the locations of wells, production facilities and pipeline corridors.


Trawling Gillnet Sampling
AMRD trawl sampling AMRD gillnet deployment Shoreline BPL sampling
Sample Processing MRIP Survey Oyster Management
Monthly sample work up by two biologist aides AMRD fisheries staff conducting a MRIP survey at Zeke's Marina Measuring an oyster length
Report Invasive Species

Fish Kill and Strandings
 Invasive tiger prawn shrimp   Kemp's Ridley sea turtle at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge 



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