The Alabama Historical Commission created the
Maritime Advisory Council to advise the AHC on
topics relating to maritime archaeology and history.
The council meets quarterly and advises the AHC on
such topics as:
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I legally search for shipwrecks in the
state waters of Alabama?
Please examine the 1999 Alabama Underwater Cultural
Resources Act and associated regulations. Be advised
that taking artifacts from Alabama's shipwrecks is
not legal without a specific permit. A "sport's
diver" permit allows one to dive on and examine
Alabama's shipwrecks for pleasure, but artifact
removal is not allowed.
How can I serve on the Maritime Advisory Council?
Contact the AHC and express an interest
(1-334-242-3184) and ask for Stacye Hathorn. Some MAC
positions are nominated by specific institutions
such as the Army Corps of Engineers (Mobile
District) and the Alabama Department of Conservation
and Natural Resources. Other positions are at-large
within the state and are appointed by the AHC