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


Atlantic Croaker TTF Meeting
Jul 27-Jul 29, 2016
Courtyard by Marriott - Gulfport
1600 East Beach Blvd.
Gulfport, MS

Biological Profile draft development meeting of the Atlantic croaker technical task force (TTF). The meeting will go review the various contributions to date from the TTF members on biology, habitat, and fishery history for the Gulf of Mexico.
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GSMFC 67th Annual Meeting
Oct 11-Oct 14, 2016
JW Marriott New Orleans
614 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA

The annual meeting of the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission to discuss a variety of issues related to fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Latest Publications


2017 Operations Plan for the Fisheries Information Network in the Southeastern United States (FIN)
The Operations Plan lists out the annual activities to be accomplish by GulfFIN. Activities are categorized as operational or committee activities and are categorized as commercial, recreational or both. Each activity is also linked to a specific GulfFIN goal and objective they are addressing.
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2016 Operations Plan for the Fisheries Information Network in the Southeastern United States (FIN)
The Operations Plan lists out the annual activities to be accomplish by GulfFIN. Activities are categorized as operational or committee activities and are categorized as commercial, recreational or both. Each activity is also linked to a specific GulfFIN goal and objective they are addressing.
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Annual Report of the Fisheries Information Network in the Southeast Region (FIN) January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2015
The Fisheries Information Network (FIN) is a state-federal cooperative program to collect, manage, and disseminate statistical data and information on the marine commercial and recreational fisheries of the Southeast Region.
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Rules and Regulations: Officers' Pocket Guide 2016-2017.
The Officers’ Pocket Field Guide provides the state and federal rules and regulations for both commercial and recreational fishing across the Gulf. The guide is intended for use by resource agency enforcement officers on the water and is updated annually.
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Fishery Profile of Red Drum
This document summarizes current available scientific Information [-1984] on the red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus) stocks and fishery In the Gulf of Mexico. In describing the stocks information is provided on taxonomic identity, morphology, recruitment, distribution, reproduction, age and growth, lengthweight relationships, mortality rates, ecological relations and stock assessment indices. The habitat is described with emphasis on habitat areas of particular concern and habitat protection programs. The state and federal management institutions are described with emphasis on laws, regulations and policles. The commercial and recreational fishery is described with emphasis on the catch and landings, fishing and landing areas, vessels and gear and employment generated. Conflicts between user groups are described. Economic characteristics of the commercial and recreational fisheries are described as is the market structure of the commercial fishery. Some sociological information on the participants is presented. Additional data needed for management are listed.
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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
  • Email:
    info@gsmfc.org
  • Address:
    2404 Government Street
    Ocean Springs, MS 39564