Alabama oyster harvest season begins – WKRG News 5
MOBILE COUNTY, Alabama (WKRG) – The Alabama oyster harvest season began on Monday.
Fishermen launched their boats near the bridge to Dauphin Island early Monday morning for the start of the season.
Officials say this year’s harvest is expected to be as good as last season.
“We’re hoping for around 20,000 bags of oysters, or around 2 million pounds. Last year we were open for about 47 days, ”says Scott Bannon, director of the marine resources division of the Alabama Department of Conservation.
Law enforcement officers were on hand to ensure fishermen did not exceed their bag limit. They also checked that the oysters were at least three inches tall.
This year, recreational oyster farmers must purchase recreational harvest tags. Labels are available at the oyster management station at 16871, rue Dauphin. Recreational oystercatchers are allowed to harvest 100 legal size oysters per person once per day.
Commercial oyster fishermen are required to purchase a commercial oyster fisherman’s license. Commercial oyster farmers are allowed to harvest six bags of oysters per person / vessel once per day. Commercial oyster fishermen can visit the Marine Resources Division at 2 North Iberville Drive or call them at 251-861-2882.
Recreational oyster farmers are allowed to harvest in the same area as commercial fishermen. However, recreational and commercial catches cannot be transported together.
All oyster farmers are only allowed the Tong and Hand method.
Weekday harvest areas will be 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The weekend harvest areas will be open on October 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 7 a.m. to noon.