Red Snapper Season Extended For Alabama & Federal Waters








MONTGOMERY, Ala.—The United States Department of Commerce today announced an extension of the federal red snapper season. Gov. Kay Ivey was notified yesterday evening of the decision.

“I am proud to report that President Trump and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross have granted my request to extend the federal red snapper season. The announcement comes after twice last week, once through a letter and once in person while at the White House, I asked President Trump to add to the season,” Ivey said.

On June 2, Ivey sent a letter to President Trump asking him to review the data collected by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and to consider elongating this year’s red snapper season. Ivey specifically requested that the 2017 Gulf of Mexico red snapper private recreational season in federal waters be open for 39 more days than originally provided by the federal agency.

The Department of Commerce announced that the federal red snapper season has been extended for a cumulative additional 39 days. Alabama state and federal waters will be open for red snapper harvest every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from June 16 through September 3. The waters will also be open July 3 and 4 and Labor Day.

“This is a historic collaboration with the Department of Commerce and the five Gulf states to reset the framework of federal red snapper management,” said Chris Blankenship, Acting Commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. “Secretary Ross and his staff have been very open. This accord is only for the 2017 season, but we are diligently working with our Congressional delegation and the Department of Commerce for a long-term fix.”

Fishermen are reminded that they are still required to report their red snapper harvest through the Alabama Snapper Check Program. The data collected through the Alabama Snapper Check Program the past three years were critical in securing the additional red snapper fishing days. Only one report is required per vessel trip, and anglers can provide details via a smartphone app available under “Outdoor Alabama” in the iTunes or Google Play app stores, online at, or by paper forms available at select coastal public boat launches.

Both state and federal waters will be closed to the taking of red snapper Monday-Thursday each week. A list of public artificial and natural reefs can be found at

Hire a charter boat for a red snapper fishing expedition and stay at a vacation rental in Gulf Shores or Orange Beach for a long weekend or a week.

Bald Eagle Bash 2012

Have you purchased your tickets yet for the Bald Eagle Bash? It will be held this Saturday, June 2, and there is still time to plan to attend. You can even get your tickets at the gate, so last-minute guests are definitely welcome.

Bald Eagle Bash, fundraiser, Weeks Bay Foundation, National Estuarine Research Reserve

Great benefit for a small price! Delight your taste buds and your dancing feet while sharing financial assistance with the non-profit Weeks Bay Foundation.

What makes this so special? Let’s start with what you get from being there. Your taste buds will be tickled by delectable goodies from a dozen area restaurants, with fresh gulf shrimp as the theme. Your ears and your dancing genes will be delighted with the music of Locust Fork Band, who will infuse the evening with energy via their originals and covers of your favorite rock and country songs. And appearances by two area celebrities—Shelby Mitchell of 95KSJ and Darwin Singleton of NBC15—will keep the enthusiasm and laughter going strong.

Even more special is how you will be helping raise funds for the non-profit Weeks Bay Foundation. Their mission is to protect the natural resources of coastal Alabama while supporting the goals and programs of the Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. By attending, you’ll have a great time and feel great about playing a role in the conservation efforts of our coastal wetlands.

Tickets are $30 in advance (online or any BBVA Compass location in Baldwin or Mobile county) or $35 at the gate. You’ll find all the fun from 4 until 7 p.m. at the Tonsmeire Weeks Bay Resource Center, waterfront at the Fish River Bridge on U.S. Highway 98 west of Magnolia Springs.

If you love our coastal areas, you may also love a house or condo along our backwaters for your next getaway. With properties available from one bedroom to seven, you can come alone or as part of a large group. Either way, relax with us and explore the coastal area from a different perspective!

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Weeks Bay Ornament 2011

The environmentalist. The volunteer. The nature lover. The person who has everything. The proud local. The appreciative visitor. The ecotourist. The science teacher or student.

Weeks Bay Foundation ornament 2011, kayak, fisherman, fishing

Your gift to a friend or family member also supports Weeks Bay Foundation programs.

Many of us fit into at least one of those categories. And we know of one particular gift item that will satisfy any or all of these folks.

When you give someone a 2011 Weeks Bay ornament that commemorates the 25th anniversary of the designation of the Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, you give much more than a simple gift to a friend or family member. You also support the natural environments of our area and beyond.

Current programs of the Weeks Bay Foundation include submerged equipment, weather stations and sampling projects to monitor water quality. And their ongoing objective is to purchase land in the Weeks Bay watershed that may be added to the National Wildlife Reserve, or be set aside with a conservation easement such as to preserve a wildlife habitat, or create a buffer to conservation lands.

You have four options for securing this decorative item that depicts a fisherman in a kayak. The best value is a combination ornament and one-year membership in the Weeks Bay Foundation for just $50. Send an ornament with a holiday card that includes your personal greeting for just $20, shipping included. Ornaments alone are $15 online, or you may purchase them in person for $12 at Fairhope Pharmacy’s Christmas ’Round the Corner or the Weeks Bay Reserve at 11401 U.S. Hwy. 98 in Fairhope (251-990-5004).

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Magnolia Springs Seafood Celebration

Surrounded by abundant magnolia trees and a main street protected by a gorgeous canopy of oak trees, the setting for the first annual Magnolia Springs Seafood Celebration couldn’t be more perfect. And the quaint town that boasts the only remaining river route mail delivery in the country is excited about being home base for an event that will raise awareness of the best-in-the-nation local seafood.

Magnolia Springs Seafood Celebration 2011

Attend the first Magnolia Springs Seafood Celebration on Saturday, April 2, 2011. Local seafood at its finest!

On Saturday, April 2, 2011, the town’s famed Jesse’s Restaurant will bring 10 area eateries head-to-head in an invitational competition. Using only local seafood, they may enter in the categories of fish, shrimp and baked oysters. Professional judges are eager to taste everything and announce winners in each category, as well as best of show. And, of course, you get to sample all of it.

The $25 general admission ticket ($75 VIP) includes not only the seafood but wine, microbrews and live musical entertainment from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Arts and crafts vendors will be showing off their best works—be prepared, because you won’t be able to ignore the strong whisper of “Take me home!” from the display cases and tables.

Magnolia Springs is beautiful enough to lure visitors just to be at peace in its surroundings. But the Magnolia Springs Seafood Celebration will create a delicious shift from quiet to festive. It’s a wonderful way to welcome a new season!

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Happy 100th Birthday, Orange Beach Museum!

Those with an interest in history, local lore, the fishing industry and/or American Indian artifacts will find plenty of reasons to visit the Orange Beach Indian and Sea Museum. But this Saturday, November 20, 2010, special activities will enhance your experience.

Orange Beach Indian Sea Museum, Alabama, Gulf Shores

Join the 100-Year Celebration at Orange Beach Sea & Indian Museum on Saturday, November 20, 2010.

Between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., live music and light refreshments will set a celebratory atmosphere as you explore the museum and chat with other guests. Even if you don’t plan to spend the entire four hours there, be sure to gather at 11:00 to hear some of our local folks recount memories of the building’s various uses and the growth of Orange Beach.

The little wooden structure has traveled and changed “careers” more often than some of our residents! It started as a schoolhouse on Canal Road, then became a church and a community house. In 1995 it was moved to Snell Park, where it became a museum. And now it can be toured, analyzed and admired at its location on John Snook Drive near City Hall and the Post Office.

Frequent guests and first-time visitors will all find something new to discover during this celebration. To learn more about the museum or the festivities, call 251-981-6039.

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The Call of the Kayak

My husband and I—creatures of habit—recently ventured out of our routine. We love being outdoors, but lately we’ve allowed life to get in the way of that pleasure. It was time to combine the blue sky with a new experience.

Launching our kayaks on a beautiful morning.

I have been following Kayak_Alabama on Twitter for a few months, and seeing their posts always makes me wish I was out there experiencing it instead of just reading about it. So—yes, I’m sure you’ve figured it out—I made the contact and arranged for a guided kayak tour. (I’m not into fishing, but you can arrange a kayak fishing tour as well.)

Not knowing much about our waterways, I let Chris, the main man behind Alabama Kayak Adventures, choose the spot. He pulled into Graham Creek Nature Preserve just ahead of us, with a truck bed filled with four kayaks. As he untied the colorful load, another guide, Laurel, arrived with her kayak, and photographer Michelle also joined us. Chris and Laurel are both USCG-licensed captains as well as certified Coastal Nature Guides, so I knew we were in good hands.

A welcome feeling of tranquility is inevitable when surrounded by nature.

We dragged our kayaks to the launch ramp and got a quick lesson on how to paddle (so simple!), and next thing we knew we were skimming along a beautiful, winding creek. Neither of us had been in a kayak before, and we were surprised by the stability and ease of maneuvering. With no current to negotiate, we could easily stop to study plants or wildlife, or just paddle slowly and effortlessly.

Eventually the serene creek opened up into Wolf Bay, where we glided past houses, piers and boat docks, and observed schools of fish as they darted around our kayaks. As we started our return, a pair of dolphins teased us with their intermittent presence.

Throughout the morning, the word “peaceful” kept popping into my head. Other than a small plane overhead and the brief passing of a fisherman’s boat, the only sounds were that of Mother Nature. The thick vegetation and some tall trees insulated the creek from the outside world, allowing the illusion of being miles from civilization. And the houses on the bay were set far enough back so as not to intrude on the waterway.

So different from the nearby gulf beaches, with its own amazing beauty.

While we did enjoy conversation during the 3-hour journey, there was also plenty of opportunity to soak up the stillness and focus on the natural setting. Our guides seemed to intuitively understand how special that silence is, perfectly balancing friendly chit-chat, information sharing, and leaving us to our own thoughts.

My first encounter with a kayak now makes me want one of my own, but I know that won’t happen with the crazy schedule I keep. At least now I know how enjoyable it is, and I have memories to call on when I want an escape but don’t have time for such. And best of all, I know who to contact when I can’t resist the call of the kayak any longer.

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