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Sticky Topic   NOAA extreme weather contacts

June 3, 2011

http://www.ncddc.noaa.gov/files/Alabama_2011.pdf
STATE INFORMATION
2011
FOR EMERGENCIES CALL 911 FOR NON-EMERGENCIES CALL 211
To download the latest updated version of
this sheet: http://www.ncddc.noaa.gov/NEWIS
Alabama Emergency Management Agency (http://ema.alabama.gov) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .205-280-2200
Be Ready Alabama . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .www.readyalabama.org
Alabama Department of Transportation (http://www.dot.state.al.us) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .334-242-6358
ALDOT Call Center (Info on Alabama travel conditions during a state emergency) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-888-588-2848
Road Condition Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-888-588-2848
National Weather Service Forecast Office (Mobile/Pensacola) (http://www.srh.noaa.gov/mob) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .251-633-6443
National Weather Service Forecast Office (Tallahassee, FL) (http://www.srh.noaa.gov/tlh) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .850-942-8833
Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel (http://www.alabama.travel) . . . . . .334-242-4169 or 1-800-ALABAMA (252-2262)
Alabama Highway Patrol (http://www.dps.state.al.us/HighwayPatrol) . . . . . . . . . . . .334-242-4128 (*hp from any cell phone)
Alabama Department of Public Safety (http://www.dps.state.al.us) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .334-242-4371
Governors Office (http://governor.alabama.gov/) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .334-242-7100
Alabama Attorney General (http://www.ago.state.al.us) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .334-242-7300
Alabama Department of Insurance (http://www.aldoi.gov) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .334-269-3550
Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (http://www.outdooralabama.com) . . . . . . . . . .334-242-3486
Alabama Department of Environmental Management (http://www.adem.state.al.us) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .334-271-7700
US Coast Guard, 8th District (http://www.uscg.mil/D8) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .504-589-6225
Alabama Power (http://www.alabamapower.com) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-800-245-2244
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Power Outages: 1-800-888-2726
Dothan Utilities (www3.dothan.org/electric.html) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .334-615-3302
Baldwin EMC (http://www.baldwinemc.com) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-800-837-3374
Covington Electric Cooperative (http://www.covington.coop) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-800-239-1193
Southern Pine Electric Cooperative (http://www.southernpine.org) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-866-867-5415
PowerSouth Energy Cooperative (http://www.powersouth.com) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .344-427-3000
BALDWIN
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .www.baldwincountyal.gov
Emergency Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .251-972-6807
Baldwin Fire Central Dispatch . . . . . . . . . . .251-947-6997
Sheriff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .251-937-0202
Gulf Shores Police . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .251-968-2431
Orange Beach Police . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .251-981-9777
Bay Minette Police . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .251-580-2559
Daphne Police . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .251-621-9100
Fairhope Police & Fire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .251-928-2385
Foley Police . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .251-943-4431
Robertsdale Police . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .251-947-2222
Robertsdale Fire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .251-947-8941
COVINGTON
Emergency Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .334-428-2670
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .www.covcounty.com/departments/#ema
Sheriff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .334-427-4911
Andalusia Police . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .334-222-1155
Andalusia Fire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .334-222-1121
Florala Police . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .334-858-3244
Opp Police . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .334-493-4511
Opp Fire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .334-493-7015
ESCAMBIA
Emergency Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .251-867-0232
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .www.co.escambia.al.us/emergency.html
Sheriff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .251-867-0304
Atmore Police . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .251-368-9141
Atmore Fire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .251-368-9155
Brewton Police . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .251-867-3212
Brewton Fire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .251-809-1720
ESCAMBIA (cont)
East Brewton Police . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .251-867-4864
East Brewton Fire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .251-867-4858
Flomaton Police & Fire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .251-296-5811
GENEVA
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .www.genevacounty.net
Emergency Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .334-684-5677
Sheriff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .334-684-6947
Geneva Police & Fire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .334-684-2777
Hartford Police & Fire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .334-588-2222
Samson Police & Fire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .334-898-7118
Slocomb Police & Fire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .334-886-3777
HOUSTON
Emergency Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .334-794-9720
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .www.dothanhoustoncountyema.org
Sheriff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .334-677-4808
Dothan Police & Fire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .334-615-3000
Ashford Police & Fire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .334-899-5113
Cottonwood Police . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .334-691-2113
MOBILE
Emergency Management (http://www.mcema.net) 251-460-8000
Sheriff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .251-574-8633
Mobile Police . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .251-208-7211
Mobile Fire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .251-208-7311
Chickasaw Police & Fire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .251-452-0571
Citronelle Police . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .251-866-5527
Saraland Police . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .251-675-5331
Saraland Fire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .251-679-5506
Satsuma Police & Fire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .251-675-0151
Bayou La Batre Police . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .251-824-2757
Bayou La Batre Fire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .251-824-9286
Dauphin Island Police . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .251-861-5523
Prichard Police . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .251-452-2211
RADIO STATIONS
Prepared By
American Red Cross . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-866-GET-INFO (1-866-438-4636)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . http://www.redcross.org
Centers for Disease Control. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . http://www.cdc.gov
Environmental Protection Agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . http://www.epa.gov
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) . . 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . http://www.fema.gov
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NOAA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . http://www.noaa.gov
National Weather Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . http://www.nws.noaa.gov
National Data Buoy Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov
National Hurricane Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . http://www.nhc.noaa.gov
National Oceanographic Data Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . http://www.nodc.noaa.gov
National Coastal Data Development Center. . . . . . . . . . . http://www.ncddc.noaa.gov
NOAA Coastal Services Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . http://www.csc.noaa.gov
National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/satellite.shtml
US Department of Homeland Security . . . . . . . . . . . . http://www.dhs.gov/index.shtm
Graphical Tropical Weather Outlook RSS/XML feed
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . http://hurricanes.gov/gtwo.xml
Website for PDAs and Smartphones . . . . . . . . . . . http://hurricanes.gov/mobile
Mobile NHC home page in WAP (WML) format
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/index.wml
Mobile NHC and NWS Weather Data
NOAAWatch is a website offering information
about ongoing environmental events. NOAAWatch
explains the role of NOAA in prediction,
monitoring, and recovery from environmental
hazards. It provides public access to current
information on a number of environmental threats ranging from oil spills, to
hurricanes and tsunamis, to space weather.
http://www.noaawatch.gov
Published May 2011 Version 1.0
National Coastal Data Development Center
a division of the National Oceanographic Data Center
under NESDIS
1-866-732-2382 or email:
NCDDC@NOAA.GOV
To download the latest pdf version of this
sheet go to: http://www.ncddc.noaa.gov
NATIONAL INFORMATION
The National Hurricane Center normally issues public advisories on their website and to
the media for Atlantic tropical cyclones every six hours at 4:00AM CDT, 10:00 AM
CDT, 4:00 PM CDT, and 10:00 PM CDT. Intermediate public advisories may be issued
every 3 hours when coastal watches or warnings are in effect, and every 2 hours when
coastal watches or warnings are in effect and land-based radars have identified a reliable
storm center. Additionally, special public advisories may be issued at any time due to significant
changes in warnings or in the cyclone.
NOAA Weather Radio
162.400
MHz
162.425
MHz
162.450
MHz
162.475
MHz
162.500
MHz
162.525
MHz
162.550
MHz
Not manufactured by NOAA, NWR receivers can be
purchased at many retail outlets and on the Internet
NOAAWeather Radio (NWR) All Hazards is a nationwide network of radio
stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from a nearby
National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts National Weather
Service warnings, watches, forecasts, and other hazard information 24
hours a day.
Alabama:
WABB 97.5 FM (Mobile) WMXC 99.9 FM (Mobile)
WCSN 105.7 FM (Orange Beach) WOOF 99.7 FM (Dothan)
WAAO 103.7 FM (Andalusia) WKMX 106.7 FM (Enterprise)
WDJR 96.9 FM (Dothan) WNTM 710 AM (Mobile)
Mississippi:
MS Public Broadcasting 88.1- 91.3 FM WKNN 99.1 FM (Pascagoula)
WZKX 107.9 FM (Gulfport) WXRR 104.5 (Hattiesburg)
WBUV 104.9 FM (Biloxi) WJZD 94.5 FM (Gulfport)
WRJW 1320 AM (Picayune) WQRZ 103.5 FM (Bay St. Louis)
Certain strategic routes have been historically
identified as hurricane evacuation routes.
These hurricane routes are signed on the
ground as such and have been presented to the
public in various manners for their knowledge
and use. This hurricane evacuation route
network begins with state and county routes in
coastal areas that then feed into US and
Interstate routes. These existing hurricane
evacuation routes serve as the base for the
Reverse-Laning plan.
For additional information go to:
http://www.dot.state.al.us[/quote]

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Sticky Topic   Mobile Saltwater Fishing Club Mission Statement

November 21, 2009

Hello Everyone,

The Mobile Saltwater Fishing Forum's Mission Objective is to establish a Community of Great People and their families interested fishing and other outdoor activities.

Thanks,
Bill

applause

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Last Post: Nov 21, 2009 by amarcafina

 

Sticky Topic   Site Registration and Viewing Policy

November 21, 2009

Site Registration is now required to view threads. When registering a complete name and valid email address is required.

This has become necessary due to recent actions by persons looking to cause disruptions on the board.

This is a great family friendly board where joking and outdoor discussions occcur and we intend to keep it that way.

I apologize if anyone is offended but i think it will help in the overall experience on our forum.

bill smile

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Last Post: Nov 21, 2009 by steve

 

No New Posts   Abandoned boat in Mobile Bay

July 18, 2018

BOLO for this boat that took on water and had to be abandoned in Mobile Bay.

 
Image may contain: boat, sky, outdoor, water and nature
Christopher Vecsey

Hey guys, a fellow angler needs our help. Please share this and keep your eyes out. Boat may be partially submerged. Boat took on water in mobile bay and had to be abandoned for rescue.

If you could pass around the word about a missing baby blue colored key west stealth 17.5 feet cream topside with Louisiana registration from where I just bought it in Lafayette a few weeks ago. They can call or txt me - Brett @ 251-232-6259 Im also monitoring channel 16 Incase some one calls in coordinates for an unmanned vessel. Last spotting was near red buoy 32.

Started By: Fishhunter65

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Views: 21

Last Post: yesterday by Fishhunter65

 

No New Posts   Catch and release information

July 16, 2018

I saw another great video from Salt Strong posted here by Fishhunter65 so I thought that I would add this one.

It's a bit long but a great deal of information from CCA on research they have done about catch and release success.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igQGNFaKt2o

Started By: LAHammer

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No New Posts   Boat Ramp Etiquette Video

July 11, 2018

Came across this thought it was a good one to share. 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZJSmgVj-uI

Started By: Fishhunter65

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Views: 42

Last Post: 9 days ago by LAHammer

 

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Views: 69

Last Post: July 4th by GaryW

 

No New Posts   FREE FISHING DAY JUNE 9TH 2018

June 8, 2018

http://www.outdooralabama.com/fishing/free-fishing-day

Each calendar year, the Commissioner of Conservation and Natural Resources designates a "Free Fishing Day" for the public to fish recreationally in public waters without a fishing license.  Saturday, June 9, 2018, is designated as Free Fishing Day.

There is an exemption of the usual fishing license requirement on that day. Some lakes may still require fees and permits, and owners permission is required to fish private ponds.

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No New Posts   Sewage Spill - Bear Creek - Gulf Shores 5/17/18

May 17, 2018

The Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) and the Baldwin County Health Department issued a notice on Thursday morning that at least 50,000, and possibly up to 74,999 gallons, of sewage have spilled into Bear Creek in Gulf Shores.

ADEM listed the exact location of the spill at the end of Heron Cove Lane. The department said the spill was ongoing at the time this story was posted.

The spill was reported to ADEM by South Alabama Utilities Services at the Fort Morgan Treatment Plant.

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No New Posts   Boating Equipment Checklist

May 12, 2018

http://www.alea.gov/Home/wfContent.aspx?PLH1=plhMP-Home

http://www.alea.gov/Home/wfContent.aspx?plh1=plhMP-BoatingEquipChecklist

Boating Equipment Checklist


Required Equipment Checklist For Alabama

Questions?  Email Alabama Marine Patrol

 PWCBoat Less Than 16 Ft.Boat 16 Ft. To Less Than 26 Ft.
Alabama Boat Operator License OnboardRequired EquipmentRequired EquipmentRequired Equipment
Certificate of Number OnboardRequired EquipmentRequired EquipmentRequired Equipment
Validation Decals DisplayedRequired EquipmentRequired EquipmentRequired Equipment
PFDs: Type I, II, III or VRequired EquipmentRequired EquipmentRequired Equipment
PFDs: Type IV  Required Equipment
Ignition Safety SwitchRequired EquipmentRequired EquipmentRequired Equipment
Type B-1 Fire ExtinguisherRequired EquipmentRequired EquipmentRequired Equipment
Flame ArrestorRequired EquipmentRequired EquipmentRequired Equipment
Ventilation SystemRequired EquipmentRequired EquipmentRequired Equipment
MufflerRequired EquipmentRequired EquipmentRequired Equipment
Horn, Whistle Or BellRequired EquipmentRequired EquipmentRequired Equipment
Daytime Visual Distress System  Required Equipment
Night Time Visual Distress SystemRequired EquipmentRequired EquipmentRequired Equipment
Navigation LightsRequired EquipmentRequired EquipmentRequired Equipment
  1. Those riding on PWC must wear a Personal Flotation Device.   (Click here to read more about approved personal flotation devices.)
  2. Those under 8 years of age must wear a Personal Flotation Device, except when within an enclosed cabin.   (Click here to read more about approved personal flotation devices.)
  3. PWC must either be equipped with an ignition safety switch or have a self-circling feature. If equipped with an ignition safety switch, the lanyard must be attached to the person, clothing or PFD of the operator.   (Click here to read more about PWC requirements for ignition safety switches)
  4. Boats less than 24 feet in length, with an open ****pit and powered by more than 50 horsepower, must be equipped with an ignition safety switch with the lanyard attached to the person, clothing or PFD of the operator.   (Click here to read more about requirements for ignition safety switches)
  5. Required on inboard and stern drives only.
  6. When boating on federally controlled waters.   (Click here to read more about requirements for sound producing devices)
  7. When boating on federally controlled waters.    (Click here to read more about requirements for visual distress signals)
  8. It is strongly recommended that PWC are not operated after dark. However, if one is operated at night, it has the same requirements for visual distress signals and navigation lights as boats less than 16 feet in length.
Click here to download the Required Equipment Checklist

The U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will perform a Courtesy Marine Examination (CME) of your boat and equipment free of charge. This inspection covers federal and state requirements. If your boat meets all CME requirements, you will receive a CME decal. If your boat fails to meet all requirements, no report is made to any law enforcement agency.

The text and graphics on this page are used by permission. Copyright © 2007 Boat Ed .

Lights

All vessels must be equipped with prescribed navigation lights when operated at night in accordance with the Boating Safety Laws. Operators of all vessels must comply with the requirements for the type and use of lights when anchored or underway from sunset to sunrise.

Personal Flotation Devices (PFD)

  • Vessels less than 4.9 meters (16 feet) in length will have aboard a type I, II, III, or V personal flotation device for each person. Vessels 4.9 meters (16 feet) and over in length shall have aboard a type I, II, III, or V personal flotation device for each person and at least one type IV on board as a throwable device.
  • Each person operating, riding on, or being towed by a personal watercraft must wear a personal flotation device approved by the U. S. Coast Guard.
  • All persons under eight (8) years of age, on any vessel, must, at all times, wear a U. S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation device that must be strapped, snapped, or zipped securely in place; except, that no personal flotation device should be required when inside an enclosed cabin or enclosed sleeping space.
CAUTION: Personal flotation devices must be accessible and of the proper size. Those that are torn, rotted, or damaged, lose their approval.
CAUTION: A type V personal flotation device is a PFD approved for restricted uses. Type V PFD's must be worn in open boats and when on deck of larger boats in order to be classified as U. S. Coast Guard approved.

Fire Extinguishers

All vessels, as herein designated, must be equipped with a serviceable U. S. Coast Guard approved fire extinguisher of the type and capacity indicated.
  1. All inboard and inboard/outboard vessels, regardless of size, and all motor vessels having closed compartments wherein portable fuel tanks are stored or having permanently installed fuel tanks shall have a hand portable or semi-portable fire extinguisher using carbon dioxide (CO2), foam, or other chemical ingredient such as is commonly used for extinguishing gasoline fires or petroleum product fires. Such fire extinguisher shall be approved by the U. S. Coast Guard.
  2. All vessels equipped with any butane gas, propane gas, kerosene, gasoline or petroleum product consuming device except outboard motors, such as a stove or lantern shall have a hand portable or semi-portable fire extinguisher using carbon dioxide (CO2), foam, or other chemical ingredient such as is commonly used for extinguishing a fire produced by the use of such device. Such fire extinguisher shall be approved by the U. S. Coast Guard.
  3. All motor vessels having closed or semi-closed cabins and any vessel with sleeping accommodations shall have a hand portable fire extinguisher or semi-portable fire extinguisher using carbon dioxide (CO2), foam, or other chemical ingredient such as is commonly used for extinguishing fires. Such fire extinguisher shall be approved by the U. S. Coast Guard.
*Flammable liquids include gasoline, kerosene, oil and stove alcohol.

Flame Arrestor

Every motorboat using gasoline as fuel, except outboard motors, shall have the carburetor or carburetors of every engine therein equipped with a U. S. Coast Guard approved flame arrestor or backfire trap.

Emergency Cut-off Switch

No person shall operate or give permission to operate any vessel less than 7.3 meters (24 feet) in length, having an open ****pit and having more than fifty (50) horsepower, unless said vessel is equipped with an emergency engine or motor shut-off switch. The shut-off switch shall be a lanyard-type and shall be attached to the person, clothing, or personal flotation device of the operator. It shall be installed so that when any removal of the operator from the normal operating station will result in the immediate shut-off of the engine. Any person operating a personal watercraft that does not have self-circling capabilities, must have a lanyard-type engine shut-off switch, which must be attached to the person, clothing, or personal flotation device of the operator.

Sound Device

All vessels 4.9 meters (16 feet) or more in length must have on board the proper signal device for use during nighttime operation or inclement weather where visibility is greatly reduced.

Visual Distress Signals (Flares)

Visual Distress Signals (VDSs) allow boat operators to signal for help in the event of an emergency. VDSs are classified as day signals (visible in bright sunlight), night signals (visible at night) or both day and night signals. VDSs are either pyrotechnic (smoke and flames) or non-pyrotechnic (non-combustible).

Pyrotechnic Visual Distress Signals

distress_signal_orange_smoke.jpgdistress_signal_red_meteor.jpgdistress_signal_red_flare.jpg
Orange Smoke
Day Signal
Red Meteor
Day and Night Signal
Red Flare
Day and Night Signal

Non-Pyrotechnic Visual Distress Signals

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Electric Light 
Night Signal
Orange Flag
Day Signal
Arm Signal
Although not a U. S. Coast Guard approved VDS, use this arm action to summon help if you do not have other visual distress signals available.
  • All boats used on federally controlled waters must be equipped with U. S. Coast Guard-approved (day and night) visual distress signals.
  • All boats on federal waters are required to carry night signals when operating between sunset and sunrise. In addition, the following boats must also carry day signals:
    • Recreational boats 16 feet or longer
    • Non-motorized, open sailboats 26 feet or longer.
  • If pyrotechnic VDSs are used, a minimum of three must be carried in the boat. Pyrotechnic VDSs must be U. S. Coast Guard-approved, in serviceable condition, and readily accessible.
  • The following combinations of signals are examples of VDSs that could be carried onboard to satisfy U. S. Coast Guard requirements:
    • Three hand-held red flares (day and night) or...
    • Three orange smoke signals (day only) and one electric light (night only).
  • It is prohibited to display visual distress signals on the water except when assistance is required to prevent immediate or potential danger to persons onboard a boat.

Federally Controlled Waters

Boat and PWC operators must observe federal regulations when boating on:
  • Coastal waters
  • The Great Lakes
  • Territorial seas
  • Waters which are two miles wide or wider and are connected to one of the above.
The text and graphics on this page are used by permission. Copyright © 2007 Boat Ed .

Diver's Flag

The diver's flag will be at least 300 mm (12 inches) square, colored red with a white 500 mm (2 inch) stripe running diagonally from the top staff corner to the bottom fly corner. Boat owners will stay at least 30.5 meters (100 feet) away from displayed flag.
  



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No New Posts   Fort Morgan Boat Ramp Renovations Info

April 9, 2018

Last I heard sometime in June.

Updates will be posted to the Alabama Marine Resources Division Facebook page. For more information about the Fort Morgan Boat Ramp renovation, contact Chris Denson at 251-968-7576, or Todd Mize at 334-353-8596.

 

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No New Posts   Boat ramp at Fort Morgan

April 8, 2018

Does anyone know when the ramp at Fort Morgan will reopen? Drove all the way out there and found it closed. Didn't see the small sign on the highway at Hwy 59.

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No New Posts   BPS Spanish Fort Special Events

January 24, 2018

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No New Posts   2018 Boat Shows

January 12, 2018

Biloxi - Gulf Coast Coliseum February 2-4 https://gulfcoastshows.com/biloxi/

Mobile - Mobile Convention Center March 2-4 https://gulfcoastshows.com/mobile/

The Wharf - March 22-24 https://www.marinemax.com/stores/gulf-shores/events/boat-show/2018-the-wharf-boat-and-yacht-show-2018-03-22

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No New Posts   Deer - Chronic Wasting Disease

December 9, 2017

http://www.outdooralabama.com/map-cwd-north-america

 

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No New Posts   Question about docking for a week or so

November 28, 2017

I have a good friend sailing from San Diego to be at my wedding in May 18.  He will be sailing a 50 ft sailboat and I have to find somewhere for him to dock and have Elect and anything else he may need.  Is there a marina down close to Dolphin Island?   Thanks in advance for advise any will be helped.

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No New Posts   McNally Park Pier Restoration

October 3, 2017

From the City of Mobile FB page. 

We are restoring the McNally Park Pier to give citizens improved public access to Mobile Bay. McNally Park is one of eight waterfront parks in the City including Cooper Riverside, Dog River, Bay Shore, Fry, Helen Wood, San Souci and Arlington Parks. #transformationtuesday #fixmobile

 

http://www.outdooralabama.com/mcnally-park

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No New Posts   Eastern Spotted Skunk Sightings

October 3, 2017

I know it's not fishing related, but fishing in the outdoors you may see one. 

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No New Posts   New Bait Shop?

September 25, 2017

Well new to me. Just found out about it this morning. Everybody's Hooked 2, 621 Hwy 43 in Chickasaw, Delta Port Landing. From their FB page they post of having bull minnows, shrimp, bass and perch minnow, worms and crickets, tackle. September 17th post, shrimp $5/dozen. Open Monday-Sunday 5:30 am to 6:30 pm. 

https://www.facebook.com/Everybodys-Hooked-2-1826422364354474/

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No New Posts   Boating Accident - Ono Island

September 20, 2017

http://local15tv.com/news/local/boating-accident-kills-well-known-boat-captain

 

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No New Posts   Flounder restocking help

September 19, 2017

From Jeff Dute's Eye On The Outdoors FB page.

The Alabama Marine Resources Division is seeking fishermen & women to help with collecting flounder for an important restocking effort! They are planning to fish the pass on Oct 10th.
Please contact LLPS President Dennis Hatfield via e-mail at scoopsinc@gulftel.com or phoning him at 251-942-2233 if you can help out with this valuable restocking effort. Also, please keep in mind that the date could change with weather conditions. The fall flounder run can happen sooner than October 10th if we have a early cool fall and could happen later than the 10th if fall has a late arrival. #Volunteer #Fishing

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No New Posts   Cliff's Landing Piers

September 12, 2017

From Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division FB page.

Two new courtesy boating access piers (5x50 and 5x60) have been installed by the Fisheries Section at Cliffs Landing in Baldwin County. The two stationary piers were constructed with composite decking and large support pilings to increase durability and minimize the need for future repairs due to boating traffic and/or weather events. This project was completed in cooperation with Baldwin County.

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No New Posts   Mobile Bay Deepening and Widening Public Meeting

September 12, 2017

From Eat Alabama Wild Seafood FB page.

 

Do you have the Mobile Bay Deepening and Widening Public Meeting that is on Thursday, September 14th 5:30 - 7:30 on your calendar???? Be sure to PUT THIS ON YOUR CALENDAR.

The US Army Corp of Engineers is hosting this meeting at the Bayou La Batre Community Center.

This is the time to voice your concerns over placement of spoils from the project, the use of dispursments, and the effects of the project on the seafood industry.

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No New Posts   Crabbing Regulation Changes

September 5, 2017

Alabama Marine Resources Announces Changes to Crab Regulations 

Effective September 24, 2017, there will be several changes to the Alabama crab regulation (220-3-.31) that apply to both commercial and recreational crabbing. 

The changes include the following: 

  • The possession of egg-bearing female crabs, otherwise known as gravid, berried or sponge crabs, will be prohibited and must be immediately returned to the water. There will be an exception from January 15 through May 15 each year. 
  • All crab traps must contain at least two unobstructed escape rings with a minimum inside diameter of 2 5/16 inches located on vertical surfaces. There must be one ring per chamber. Catchers will have until March 1, 2018 to have the escape rings installed. 
  • From April 1 through September 30, a licensed crab catcher may obstruct or remove the escape rings after obtaining a free permit from the Marine Resources Division, for the purpose of catching pre-molt crabs, otherwise known as busters or peelers. 
  • The closure line in the northeast corner of Mobile Bay in the Blakeley River running from Blakeley Channel marker 18 to the southern tip of Big Island will be removed. Crab traps may be placed up to the eastbound lane of Interstate-10 at the Blakeley River. 
  • During the first and second day of each calendar month, a validly licensed crab catcher may recover traps that are unidentified and derelict or abandoned. The catcher must make a report to AMRD with the number of traps, the location and any additional information required by AMRD. These reports must be made by close of the next business day (excludes holidays and weekends). 

Enforcement officers with AMRD will be making efforts to educate commercial and recreational crab catchers about the regulation changes. 

Informational handouts are available at http://www.outdooralabama.com/regulations-and-enforcement.

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No New Posts   All recreational hunting and fishing licenses expire annually on August 31

August 14, 2017

Just a Reminder. From an email I received from ALDCNR.

 

2017-18 Hunting and Fishing Licenses 

All recreational hunting and fishing licenses expire annually on August 31. Pre-sale for the 2017-18 license year begins Monday, August 28, 2017. Until then, check out the 2017-18 Alabama Hunting and Fishing Digest for a complete list of seasons and bag limits. 

 

 

No New Posts   CCA Bernie Heggeman Memorial Reef Video

July 27, 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaBa17qF39c

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No New Posts   Craiglist posting of lost boat cushion

July 24, 2017

Came across this listing on Craigslist this morning. Show pics in the ad. 

 

https://mobile.craigslist.org/boa/d/found-cushion-for-center/6232226353.html

We found this cushion floating in the ICW Saturday morning. It may be from a Center Console boat or some other type fishing boat. If it yours, contact me so you can pick it up.

Reply to: mpdvf-6232226353@sale.craigslist.org

 

 

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No New Posts   Flesh eating bacteria - Fairhope

July 4, 2017

http://local15tv.com/news/local/warning-of-flesh-eating-bacteria-found-in-fairhope

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No New Posts   Cliff's Landing High Water 6/24/17

June 24, 2017

From Boutwell Bait & Tackle FB page. Photos from today. 

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