Landing and reporting requirements for certain saltwater finfish and other seafood products.
All saltwater finfish commercially harvested in the State of Alabama, except those lawfully taken by purse seine, shall be landed in this state and reported through a properly licensed Alabama seafood dealer. Other seafood products commercially harvested in this state shall be landed in this state, or in lieu thereof any subject person shall comply with any reporting procedures established by regulation of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The Commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is hereby authorized to promulgate regulations which provide for and require reporting procedures for both resident and nonresident Alabama commercial fishermen who sell or land seafood products other than finfish outside the State of Alabama. Upon determination by the Commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources that any subject person has failed to report as required, the commissioner may revoke any relevant commercial seafood license or permit he or she deems appropriate. Any person who violates this section or any regulation promulgated pursuant to this section, shall be guilty of a Class B misdemeanor, and upon conviction, shall be punished as provided in Sections 13A-5-7 and 13A-5-12. Any person so convicted shall be fined not less than one thousand dollars ($1,000). Any person violating this section shall be strictly liable and it shall not be necessary to prove any criminal intent for conviction.
(Acts 1995, No. 95-287, p. 535, §5.)