The Alabama legislature has passed a bill that will eventually end all commercial gill net fishing off the coast. The bill includes a compromise that will allow current gill net fishermen to continue for the rest of their lives. About 120 netters will be “bought out” by raising the cost of a salt water fishing license to $8.
While net fishing has been a way of life for decades off Alabama shores, it will one day end. Commercial gill net fishing is currently illegal in most coastal states.