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

Gulf Menhaden Reference Points Workshop
Feb 12-Feb 13, 2019
Four Points by Sheraton
541 Bourbon Street
New Orleans, LA

Gulf Menhaden Reference Points Workshop
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Previous Annual Meetings

Latest Publications

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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Annual Report to the Technical Coordinating Committee, Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission
SEAMAP Subcommittee Report to the GSMFC Technical Coordinating Committee - October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018. A detailed summary of FY2016 program accomplishments, emphasizing survey design, material collected data dissemination, budget information, and future survey activities.
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Licenses & Fees for Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas in Their Marine Waters for the Year 2017
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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Annual Report of the Fisheries Information Network in the Southeast Region (FIN) January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017
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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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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  • Address:
    2404 Government Street
    Ocean Springs, MS 39564