Section 9-12-82

License required for taking of oysters for commercial purposes; penalty; disposition of proceeds from sale of licenses.

(a) Before any person engages in the taking or catching of oysters from the waters or bottoms of the State of Alabama, he shall first purchase an annual "oyster catcher" license. Said license shall expire annually on September 30 and shall be $25.00. However, persons may take for personal, noncommercial purposes, from waters opened to commercial oystering, up to, but not more than 100 oysters per day without purchasing an "oyster catcher" license.

(b) A violation of the provisions of this section shall be a Class C misdemeanor.

(c) The proceeds from the sale of said license shall be deposited to the credit of the Marine Resources Fund and said license shall expire on September 30 of each year.

(Acts 1953, No. 796, p. 1089, §1; Acts 1981, No. 81-850, p. 1528, §1; Acts 1984, 2nd Ex. Sess., No. 85-48, p. 71, §1; Acts 1988, No. 88-577, p. 897, §2.)