After nearly a year of delays, the Alabama Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is now able to renew Alabama’s fishing license, the first time in 40 years.
The decision came after the DNR received nearly 4,000 public comments on the proposed changes.
The department announced the change on Dec. 10, after months of deliberation.
“It’s an extremely significant milestone,” DNR Commissioner David Brown said in a statement.
“The agency is now on its way to completing the renewal process.”
Under the proposed new rules, licensed anglers would be able to bring in their own fishing gear for a fee.
Fishing licenses would also be issued to people who can’t legally catch the fish in their area.
The changes, which were approved by the DFS Board of Commissioners in late December, were the result of months of work and are expected to bring the number of licensed angling licenses in Alabama up to more than 1,000.
“We’re getting ready to roll out the new rules and we have a whole bunch of folks who have applied,” Brown said.
“We’re just waiting to see what the feedback is.”
The rules, which took effect Jan. 1, will require all licensed angler to obtain a DNR approved fishing license.
Previously, only anglers who caught a certain number of fish could legally carry a fishing license to a specific location, like a river.