- Associated Press - Friday, May 23, 2014

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Fish are getting a hand with their spring migration on rivers in southwest Alabama.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will operate two Alabama River locks in the region at least four times a day to let spawning fish pass by.

The decision affects Millers Ferry Lock and Dam on the Alabama River in Wilcox County and Claiborne Lock and Dam near Monroeville.

Officials say opening the river gates will help species including paddlefish, blue suckers, Alabama shad, striped bass, blue catfish and mooneye.

The Corps of Engineers in Mobile says it has been working with The Nature Conservancy and state fishery officials to improve fish migration in the region. The groups are working to do the same in southeast Alabama in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin.