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Alabama MRD Canine Program our recreational fishermen.” The canines will be able to quickly


and efficiently assist officers with ves- sel inspections, dockside checks, and help to make the whole inspection process more of a positive experience for the anglers. One important aspect that Bannon wants to communicate is that this program does not give them any new power with regard to search- ing vessels or vehicles.


“The dogs will not take us any-


where we could not have looked before, but they will allow us to get the anglers back on their way a lot quicker than before,” he said. Morgan is an English Springer Spaniel and Gaines is an English Working Cocker Spaniel. Each was named in honor of the two historical forts that protected Mobile Bay and the State of Alabama. “Fort Morgan and Fort Gaines pro-


Pictured from left to right: Officer Chris Cox with Gaines and Officer Lena Phillips with Morgan.


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he Alabama Marine Resources Division will add two friendly new members to its enforcement team in 2016 through its new Canine Program — Morgan and Gaines. The Alabama MRD Canine Program was developed through the Canine Performance Sciences Program of Auburn University — College of Veterinary Medicine. CCA Alabama and the Alabama Conservation Enforcement Officers Association helped to fund a portion of the program startup cost.


“I don’t enjoy writing tickets to the


citizens of Alabama for violations relat- ed to the frustrating seasons and limits we currently face with some offshore species of fish,” said Major Scott Bannon, chief enforcement officer for the Alabama Marine Resources Division. “Our goal with Morgan and Gaines and the AMRD Canine Program is to prevent and deter our fishermen from violating the rules that are currently in place while we work to provide changes in the seasons and limits for


tected Alabama at the mouth of Mobile Bay and the role for Morgan and Gaines will be to protect the resources of the citizens of Alabama,” said Bannon


The training schedule should allow the canines to hit the water in spring 2016.


Mobile Boat Show


The 64th Annual Mobile Boat Show will return to the Mobile Convention Center — Feb. 19–21.


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HE SHOW WILL FEATURE new boat dealers, manufactur- ers, electronics, tackle, apparel, and fishing seminars. CCA Alabama will have a booth so plan to stop by if you are at the show. Tickets are only $8 and children under 12 are free. For more info and a complete list of exhibitors, visit gulfcoastshows.com.


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