Shrimp

ALABAMA SALTWATER COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL LICENSES, AND FEES

Shrimp

Commercial Licenses
Commercial Shrimp Boats
Under 30' - $51.00
30' - 45' - $76.00
Over 45' -$101.00
Nonresidents pay the same fee as that charged Alabama residents in the applicant's state of residence - except for reciprocal state Mississippi.
Nonresident licenses are sold only by MRD offices.)
Download commercial shrimping regulations here.

Recreational License
$16.00 boat license
(nonresidents pay the same fee as that charged Alabama residents in the applicant's state of residence - except for reciprocal state Mississippi.)  Download recreational shrimping rules here.

Commercial Season
Set by regulation - Prohibited in permanently closed areas and designated exclusive bait areas.
Areas currently open to commercial and recreational shrimping.

Recreational Season
Prohibited in areas closed to commercial shrimping and permanently closed areas. Shrimping is allowed throughout the year in designated exclusive bait areas from 4:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.

Commercial Gear Limitations
No restrictions on mesh size. In inside waters (bays, sounds, etc.) a trawl or trawls used together cannot exceed 50' as measured along the main top line.

No more than two trawls may be used at the same time (not including a try trawl, which cannot exceed 10' on the main top line). No restrictions on trawl size offshore (Gulf of Mexico) - (other commercial specifications apply). Trawl wings shall be cut and tied to the wing line only on points, and it shall be illegal to use a trawl or trawls on which the length of the top leg line exceeds the length of the bottom leg line (the length of the leg line being defined as the distance from the rear of the trawl door to the beginning of the wing). Webbing or netting shall not be hung, tied, or otherwise connected between the rear of the trawl board or door and the adjacent wing line or between the top leg line and bottom leg line of any trawl so as to extend the width of any trawl or trawls over the legal width (50').

Recreational Gear Limitations
One trawl, size not to exceed 16' as measured along the main top line. There are no restrictions on mesh size.

Commercial Legal Size
Shrimp smaller in size than 68 count* are not to be taken in Alabama waters
(*68 shrimp or fewer per pound- heads attached).

Recreational Legal Size
No restrictions in areas open to commercial shrimping and designated exclusive bait areas.

Commercial Pounds Allowed
No limit.

Recreational Pounds Allowed
In areas open to commercial shrimping, 5 gallons per person per day. In designated exclusive bait areas, 1 gallon per boat per day.