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 70th Annual Spring Meeting
Mar 9-Mar 12, 2020
The Lodge at Gulf State Park
21196 East Beach Boulevard
Gulf Shores, 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

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, 2018 to September 30, 2019. A detailed summary of FY2019 program accomplishments, emphasizing survey design, material collected data dissemination, budget information, and future survey activities
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Gulf of Mexico Oysters, the Industry, and the Future
We invited several experts to talk a bit about the status of oysters in the Gulf and rest of the US. We received presentation on oyster stock assessment techniques, ocean acidification and changing environments and got a history lesson in what has happened elsewhere while getting aquaculture into the existing management regimes.
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Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle
A summary of the Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle Symposium held in South Padre Island, Texas on October 17, 2018.
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Stakeholder Workshop on Management Reference Points for Gulf Menhaden Fisheries
In an effort to generate appropriate reference points for Gulf menhaden management, the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission hosted a workshop of stakeholders to begin to address the goals of management to meet the needs of the fishery and the associated fishery participants. This was the second workshop in the series which tested a number of the reference points and control rules for the fishery explored during the first workshop.
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Licenses & Fees for Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas in Their Marine Waters for the Year 2018
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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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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Other Commission Sites

Get in Touch

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