Alabama Code Title 9. Conservation and Natural Resources § 9-12-124

(a) Any person taking crabs for commercial purposes or using more than five crab traps for personal, noncommercial purposes must first obtain and have in possession a “crab catcher's” license.  The fee for said license shall be $50.00 and shall be paid to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

(b) Individuals can use up to, but not more than, five crab traps for taking crabs for personal, noncommercial purposes, without said license.

(c) All crab traps and commercial crab boats must display identifying markings to be developed by regulations of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and it shall be unlawful to take crabs from traps belonging to another person without written authorization.

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

(e) A violation of any provision of this section shall be a Class C misdemeanor.

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