November 28, 2016
PHOTOS: (Marine Resources, David Rainer) The Alabama Marine Resources Division has planted more than 120,000 cubic yards of oyster shell and limestone rock to try to help replenish local oyster reefs and oyster production. One method used to help jump-start oyster production is to release larvae into large tanks with oyster shell in baskets. The larvae, called spat, attach to the shells, which are then placed in coastal waters. Meanwhile, the flounder fishing on the Alabama coast has rebounded a little, but Marine Resources hopes to start a spawning program in 2017 to boost the local population.

Marine Resources Works to Boost Oyster Production

By David Rainer If oyster dressing was on the Thanksgiving menu, the likelihood is the cook had to look for oysters at other than traditional outlets. Since the oyster season opened on November 1 in Alabama coastal waters, production has been unusually low. Thank goodness, the oyster aquaculture industry in the […]
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November 21, 2016
Although the cooking team from the Mobile County Wildlife Association didn’t take best overall, the team won first place in the Fowl category with Uncle Tom’s Banded Dove Bombs and third place in the Game category with their Coon Boar Burritos. Photo Credit: David Rainer

AWF Cook-Offs Continue to See Record Turnouts

By David Rainer Most fundraisers and similar activities that require significant public participation may enjoy several years of success and great turnouts. Most, however, tend to fade significantly after a decade or so. The Alabama Wildlife Federation (AWF) Wild Game Cook-Off series is the exception to the rule. Now in […]
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October 31, 2016
The brood stock, which were caught in Alabama coastal waters, are housed in huge tanks inside the hatchery and should produce another batch of fry that will be released in the spring. Photo Credit: David Rainer

Marine Resources Releases 18,000 Redfish Fry

By David Rainer Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources This has been a particularly productive year for anglers who target redfish along the Alabama Gulf Coast, and the Alabama Marine Resources Division is doing its best to ensure it stays that way. When the Claude Peteet Mariculture Center in […]
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October 24, 2016
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Lions on the Line Illustrates Impact of Lionfish on Reefs

By David Rainer Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources For those who don’t live near the Alabama Gulf Coast, you might not be aware that Gov. Robert Bentley declared a Lionfish Awareness Day recently. The reason for the public declaration was to coincide with the Lions on the Line […]
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October 3, 2016
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New Reef Off Alabama Reveals Partnership Possibilities

By David Rainer Another artificial reef was deployed off the Alabama Gulf Coast this week in Alabama’s vast artificial reef zone. While a reef deployment may not seem like news, this was indeed special because it could change the way industrial and corporate entities view options for recycling materials. The […]
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August 15, 2016
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Blankenship Wins AWF’s Inaugural Fisheries Award

By David Rainer Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources While reviewing the Alabama Wildlife Federation (AWF) annual Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards late last year, the AWF Board and Tim Gothard, AWF’s Executive Director, realized there was a gap in the awards coverage. Despite having a dozen awards, from Conservationist […]
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July 25, 2016
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Oil Spill Memories Fade at ADSFR, Dauphin Island

By DAVID RAINER Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Dr. Bob Shipp stood in amazement last weekend at the 83rd annual Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo (ADSFR) as he watched the frenetic activity on Dauphin Island. Shipp, Professor Emeritus at the University of South Alabama’s Marine Sciences Department, never would […]
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June 20, 2016
Evan Wheeler boated this huge speckled trout estimated at 8-plus pounds while fishing with Tim String in Mobile Bay.

Mobile Bay Trout Fishing Makes Big Turnaround

By DAVID RAINER Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Tim String is a happy camper again. The speckled trout fishing in Mobile Bay and nearby estuaries has been excellent this spring and early summer, which means String’s boat is full of happy campers as well. “From last year to […]
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June 14, 2016
A boat from the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division heads out with a load of bamboo structures that were deployed on Logan Martin Lake last year as fish attractors.

Alabama Project Deploys Structures to Improve Fishing

By David Rainer Most freshwater anglers know if you’re not getting hung up occasionally, you’re not fishing in the right spot. Species like bass and crappie are most often found around structure of some sort. That is the reason the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Division created the Habitat […]
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June 6, 2016
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Alabama Seafood Takes Center Stage at The Wharf

By David Rainer If there’s one thing that will pique my interest without hesitation, it is Alabama’s fresh seafood. Hence, I didn’t hesitate when invited to the Alabama Seafood Summit and accompanying Alabama Seafood Cook-Off at The Wharf in Orange Beach last week. The Alabama Seafood Cook-Off opened the festivities […]
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May 31, 2016
PHOTOS: Jack Tibbs, a lifelong bass fisherman and Mayor of the City of Eufaula, enjoys the lake's return to prominence among the nation's top bass lakes. Tibbs says Eufaula has something to offer for every style of bass fishing from shallow vegetation to deep-water ledge fishing.

Lake Eufaula Rebounds to Former Glory

By David Rainer Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Any angler who fished Lake Eufaula during a down cycle in late 2010 and early 2011 will be glad to know the 46,000-acre impoundment on the Chattahoochee River in southeast Alabama has rebounded to its former glory. During that down […]
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February 22, 2016
(David Rainer) Sheepshead are plentiful along the Alabama Gulf Coast in late winter and early spring and make great table fare.

Focus on Sheepshead for Early Spring Fishing

By David Rainer It was one of those fishing trips that didn’t fill the ice chest with trophy fish, but it will forever be etched in my memory. Although there was still a chill in the air, I decided to see if I could locate a few speckled trout for […]
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December 18, 2015
PHOTO: (Alabama MRD) Enforcement Officer Chris Cox works his dog, Gaines, on multiple situations from large charter boats to small skiffs to search for fish fillets or hidden fish.

Marine Resources Readies Canine Unit to Aid Enforcement

By David Rainer | Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources While many of us have been busy searching for the perfect Christmas gifts these past few weeks, one group at Dauphin Island has been on an unusual quest for a totally different prize – fish fillets. Nope, there’s no big […]
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July 17, 2015
Artificial reef programs create terrific places for diving and fishing.

Alabama “Rigs to Reefs” Program Adds Fishing Spots

From David Rainer Alabama is blessed with the most successful and extensive artificial reef programs in the world. And it’s in the process of getting even better. Thanks to a program called Rigs to Reefs, derelict gas and oil rigs will now become a part of the state’s artificial reefs instead […]
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