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Conservation Advisory Board will meet in Mobile on August 22

Silhouette of a hunter aiming at birds against an evening sunset.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced Wednesday that the Alabama Conservation Advisory Board will hold its final scheduled meeting of 2020 on Saturday, Aug. 22, at Battleship Memorial Park, 2703 Battleship Parkway, Mobile, Alabama, 36602, in the Medal of Honor Aircraft Pavilion.

When entering the front gate to the park, attendees should alert park staff that they are attending the Conservation Advisory Board meeting to be directed to the appropriate area.

In accordance with Gov. Kay Ivey’s public health order to help prevent the potential spread of COVID-19, attendees are asked to wear a mask that covers both the nose and mouth and to please maintain six feet of distance between themselves and others not of their household at all times. Anyone who is experiencing a fever or other symptoms of illness are asked not to attend.

Registration for those wishing to address the board will be from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. The meeting will begin promptly at 9 a.m. Attendees with materials for board members’ review are asked to please send those electronically only, via scan or clear photo, to [email protected], no later than Aug. 18.

Attendance at the meeting might be limited in accordance with the venue capacity and social-distancing guidelines.

The CAB assists in formulating policies for the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, examines all rules and regulations and makes recommendations for their change or amendment. This includes hunting seasons and bag limits. The board is comprised of 10 members appointed by the governor for alternating terms of six years.

If Americans with Disabilities Act accommodations are needed, please contact Betsy Jones at (334) 242-3486 or [email protected]. Requests should be made as soon as possible, but at least five days prior to the scheduled meeting.

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Alabama is world-renowned for the plethora of hunting and fishing options for sportsmen. Whether it is fishing for red snapper, cobia, spotted sea trout, flounder, amberjack, yellowfin tuna or croaker off the Alabama Gulf Coast; hunting for whitetail deer, hogs, coyotes, alligators, raccoon or fox in Alabama’s forests; fishing for largemouth bass, crappie, catfish and bluegill in Alabama’s lakes; or hunting sandhill cranes, turkeys, geese, ducks, doves, quail, crows and other fowl; or small game hunting for squirrels, rabbits, opossum, beaver and nutria, Alabama has an outdoor sport for you.

The SEC college football season has already been pushed back three weeks and shortened by two games due to the coronavirus crisis. Attendance is likely going to be limited to just 25 percent capacity or less if they can somehow manage to salvage the 2020 season.

High school and youth sports have never been more dangerous to play due to the coronavirus global pandemic, and it is even now dangerous to be in the stands as a spectator.

Hunting and fishing provide a safe recreational activity that the whole family can enjoy where social distancing is actually normal.

August is also the month to renew your hunting and fishing licenses.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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