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

GSMFC 68th Annual Meeting
Oct 16-Oct 19, 2017
The Battle House Renaissance Hotel Mobile
26 North Royal Street
Mobile, AL

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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Previous Annual Meetings

Press Releases

Update of the Gulf of Mexico Gulf Menhaden Stock Assessment (GDAR02)
October 20, 2016 - Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida - The Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission (GSMFC) has completed an update of the stock assessment of the Gulf menhaden population in the northern Gulf of Mexico. The regional assessment has been completed through the GSMFC’s Gulf Data, Assessment, and Review (GDAR) Program as GDAR02. Each of the five state marine resource agencies provided the necessary data and expertise to develop abundance indices for use in stock assessment model. This assessment provides an update to the 2013 Gulf menhaden (Brevoortia patronus) benchmark for the Gulf of Mexico (SEDAR32A).


Biological Profile for Tripletail in the Gulf of Mexico and the Western Central Atlantic
November 3, 2016 - Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida - The Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission (GSMFC) is pleased to announce the completion and final approval of the Biological Profile for Tripletail in the Gulf of Mexico and the Western Central Atlantic. The Biological Profile is a cooperative effort to describe the tripletail populations throughout the territorial seas of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, and Central Western Atlantic.

Latest Publications

SEAMAP Annual Report to the Technical Coordinating Committee, October 1, 2007 – September 30, 2008

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Annual Report of the Southeast Area Monitoring and Assessment Program (SEAMAP)
This report provides an overview of the SEAMAP Gulf, South Atlantic and Caribbean programs. It outlines the program management, resource survey operations, information services activities, and publications for FY2009 and proposed activities for FY2010.
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Licenses & Fees for Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas in Their Marine Waters for the Year 2016
License and Fees is the annual summary of all the saltwater fishing related licenses sold and the revenues generated in the previous year throughout the Gulf of Mexico. Also included are the annual USFWS’s Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration funds and the Interjurisdictional Fisheries funds as apportioned by state. Lastly, it provides a comparison of the annual license revenues by state.
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Rules and Regulations: Officers' Pocket Guide 2017-2018.
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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SEAMAP Environmental and Biological Atlas of the Gulf of Mexico, 2015
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 2015.
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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