ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WKRG) — A big week of red snapper fishing for recreational anglers coming up and the city of Orange Beach, Fla. is issuing an equally big warning: Don’t discard fish carcasses in local waterways, it’s against the law.
The warning comes with good reason. In June of 2014, sharks congregated around Perdido Pass in large numbers. The beach community flew double-red flags and closed the Gulf waters due to the potential danger.
Recreational red snapper season began June 1 for recreational anglers on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The upcoming Fourth of July week is one of the exceptions where recreational anglers can fish all week. The same limits apply.
Dumping fish carcasses in local waterways is against the city ordinance that defines littering and is in violation of Section 220-3-.04(8) of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Administrative Code, Marine Resources Division. That section states, “It shall be unlawful for any person to discard dead fish, fish parts or carcasses or other dead seafood within 500 feet of any shoreline; provided further, it shall be unlawful for any person aboard a shrimping vessel to discard any dead seafood or bycatch into the waters of the Gulf of Mexico (including Pelican Bay) within three (3) miles of the gulf beaches. Discarding dead fish or other dead seafood into any creek, bayou, river or stream shall be unlawful.”