MS-DMR Reef Ball Deployment - © James Ballard
MS-DMR Baritaria Bay artificial reef - © Mark Miller
Florida FWC biologist collecting MRIP data from a recreational angler
Louisiana biologist measuring a black drum caught by a recreational angler
Boca Grande Florida Tarpon - © Kevin Anson
Ocean Springs Mississippi Harbor - © Sandy Shanks
Ghost Crab in the Florida Panhandle - © Kyle P Miller
Back Bay in Biloxi Mississippi - © Steve VanderKooy
St Joe Beach Florida Spotted Seatrout - © Kyle P Miller
Wadefishing at Sunset in Gulfport Mississippi - © Alex North
Blue Crab Trap at Low Tide - © Alex North

The Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission was established by an act of Congress (P.L. 81-66) in 1949 as a compact of the five Gulf States. Its charge is:

"to promote better utilization of the fisheries, marine, shell and anadromous, of the seaboard of the Gulf of Mexico, by the development of a joint program for the promotion and protection of such fisheries and the prevention of the physical waste of the fisheries from any cause."

Upcoming Meetings

National Released Catch Workshop
Nov 7-Nov 8, 2017
Courtyard New Orleans French Quarter/Iberville
910 Iberville Street
New Orleans, LA

Workshop to evaluate current and proposed new methods for collecting recreational released catch data.
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Previous Annual Meetings

Press Releases

Gulf of Mexico Oyster Aquaculture Small Grants FY2018 Funding Opportunity
October 5, 2017 - Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida - The Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission (GSMFC) is requesting proposals to address the technical and regulatory opportunities and challenges of oyster farming in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) region. The GSMFC is making $370,000 available for the funding period of March 1, 2018 to February 28, 2019. Individual proposals should not exceed $75,000. Any investigator seeking support for this period must submit, as a single file, an electronic proposal by e-mail no later than 5:00 p.m. CST on Friday, November 3, 2017. Please see the Request for Proposals (RFP) for complete proposal details, qualifying requirements, and submission instructions.

Request for Proposals

Gulf of Mexico Aquaculture Small Grants Funding Opportunity
October 5, 2017 - The Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission (Commission) is requesting proposals to address the technical and regulatory opportunities and challenges of oyster farming in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) region.

Latest Publications

Annual Report to the Technical Coordinating Committee, Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission
SEAMAP Subcommittee Report to the GSMFC Technical Coordinating Committee - October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017. A detailed summary of FY2016 program accomplishments, emphasizing survey design, material collected data dissemination, budget information, and future survey activities.
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SEAMAP Environmental and Biological Atlas of the Gulf of Mexico, 2016
The SEAMAP Environmental and Biological Atlas of the Gulf of Mexico 2015 provides a summary of SEAMAP environmental and biological data collected during all SEAMAP surveys in 2016.
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Law Summary 2017. A Summary of Marine Fishing Laws & Regulations for the Gulf States
The Commission publishes an annual compilation of the five Gulf states’ latest commercial and recreational saltwater regulations books. This publication is available online only and is no longer printed and distributed.
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Biological Profile for the Atlantic Croaker Fishery in the Gulf of Mexico
A comprehensive review of the biology of a species or species group and includes a description of the fisheries as well as discussion on the distribution, habitat, and any knowledge of genetics specific to the Gulf Region. The profile summarizes any existing state management including laws, regulations, and policies as well a description of the social and economic importance of the species. A biological profile highlights any knowledge gaps that may exist which could limit future management. A management profile identifies data gaps which may hinder future determination of stock status and effective management in the region.
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Minutes from 2016
The minutes of the meetings and activities supported by the Commission are published upon their approval by their respective committees. These minutes reflect the variety of topics and actions taken during the process of conducting each committee's business in support of marine fisheries management in the Gulf.
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Fisheries Information Network

A cooperative program for the collection, management, and dissemination of statistical data and information on the Gulf Region's commercial and recreational fisheries.
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Interjurisdictional Fisheries Program

Designed to develop management plans for transboundary stocks that migrate freely through state and federal jurisdictions.
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Southeast Area Monitoring and Assessment Program

A state/federal/university program for the collection, management and dissemination of fishery-independent data and information in the southeastern United States.
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Sport Fish Restoration Administrative Program

Designed to provide coordination of the recreational fisheries programs in the five gulf states.
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Fisheries Disaster Recovery Program

Aimed at improving the public perception and confidence in Gulf of Mexico seafood following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster.
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Get in Touch

  • Phone:
    (228) 875 5912
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  • Address:
    2404 Government Street
    Ocean Springs, MS 39564