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

CARES Act Information

The Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission (GSMFC) is working collaboratively with NOAA Fisheries to distribute the funds appropriated by Congress for various fishery disasters.

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

Latest Publications

Annual Report of the Southeast Area Monitoring and Assessment Program (SEAMAP), October 1, 2018 - September 30, 2019
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 FY2019 and proposed activities for FY2020.
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Advanced Technologies in Marine Science
This session discusses a variety of topics such as drones, acoustic and satellite tags, remote underwater vehicles, acoustics, towed cameras, and artificial intelligence to identify fish and habitat. Presentations discuss these new technologies and how gathered data can be used for better fisheries management.
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Guidelines for Marine Artificial Reef Materials - Third Edition
The purpose of this document is to provide a comprehensive discussion regarding a variety of materials that have been used in the development of marine and estuarine artificial reefs in the United States. This document is a guideline only, and is not, by its nature, regulatory.
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The 2019 Freshwater Impacts to Marine Natural Resources Along the Northern Gulf of Mexico
In 2019 the northern Gulf of Mexico experienced a fisheries disaster as a result of all the freshwater that was introduced to the system from the Mississippi River. 2019 marked the first time in history that the Bonnet Carré Spillway was opened in two consecutive years and the first time it was opened twice in one year which resulted in the spillway being open for 151 days in 2019 (twice as many as any other year in history) and a total discharge of 1.34 trillion cubic feet of water, almost six times the volume of Lake Pontchartrain.
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GSMFC 70th Annual Spring Meeting, Commission Business Meeting
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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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
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  • Address:
    2404 Government Street
    Ocean Springs, MS 39564