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


No meetings are scheduled at this time.

Previous Annual Meetings

Press Releases


Gulf of Mexico Oyster Aquaculture Consortia FY2019 Funding Opportunity
February 1, 2019 - Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida - The Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission (GSMFC), in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), is seeking proposals to form regionally focused research consortia that will address critical research needs surrounding oyster aquaculture.

The Gulf Commission is making approximately $840,000 available annually for the funding period of August 1, 2019 to July 31, 2024 (dependent on appropriations) available to support ongoing research for off-bottom oyster production in coastal areas of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The goal is to form Research Consortiums that will focus research on oyster genetics, disease, environmental interactions, regulatory challenges and, economic modeling. Additionally, regional partnerships are encouraged to classify and preserve natural genetic variation in oysters. Pre-proposals must be submit as a single file by e-mail no later than 5:00 p.m. CST on Friday, March 15, 2019. Please see the Request for Proposal (RFP) for complete details, qualifying requirements, and submission instructions.

Gulf of Mexico Marine Aquaculture Pilot Projects Grants FY2019 Funding Opportunity
March 1, 2019 - Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida - The Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission is seeking proposals to proposals to develop potential marine aquaculture projects in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and the U.S. Caribbean territories targeting shellfish (other than oysters), seaweed, and other relative newcomers to the domestic aquaculture industry. The GSMFC is making $450,000 available for the funding period of July 1, 2019 to June 31, 2020. The Commission plans to award several projects ranging from $50,000 to $100,000 each, but will give consideration to projects that can justify a greater need. Past awardees with proven success may submit proposals for consideration to continue their work for another year. 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 Monday, April, 15, 2019. Please see the Request for Proposals (RFP) for complete proposal details, qualifying requirements, and submission instructions.

Latest Publications


SEAMAP Environmental and Biological Atlas of the Gulf of Mexico, 2017
The SEAMAP Environmental and Biological Atlas of the Gulf of Mexico 2017 provides a summary of SEAMAP environmental and biological data collected during all SEAMAP surveys in 2017.
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Annual Report of the Southeast Area Monitoring and Assessment Program (SEAMAP), October 1, 2017 - September 30, 2018
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 FY2018 and proposed activities for FY2019.
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Annual Report of the Southeast Area Monitoring and Assessment Program (SEAMAP), October 1, 2016 - September 30, 2017
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 FY2017 and proposed activities for FY2018.
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Law Summary 2018. 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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Gulf of Mexico Cooperative Law Enforcement Operations Plan 2019-2020
The Gulf of Mexico Cooperative Law Enforcement Four-Year Strategic Plan maximizes the effectiveness of interjurisdictional and international fisheries enforcement. This is accomplished by identifying priorities, developing comprehensive planning efforts, and conducting Gulf-wide operations. This is a joint effort on the part of the GSMFC’s Law Enforcement Committee (LEC) and the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council’s Law Enforcement Technical Committee (LETC) to improve enforceability and regulatory compliance through cooperative efforts that enhance, protect, and conserve shared living marine resources and their supporting ecosystems throughout the Gulf of Mexico.
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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