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

Joint GSMFC & ASMFC Artificial Reef Subcommittee Meeting
Feb 28-Mar 1, 2018
Four Points by Sheraton
541 Bourbon Street
New Orleans, LA

This will be a joint meeting of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Artificial Reef Advisory Committee and the GSMFC's TCC Artificial Reef Subcommittee.
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GSMFC 68th Annual Spring Meeting
Mar 13-Mar 15, 2018
Sheraton Bay Point Resort
4114 Jan Cooley Drive
Panama City Beach, FL

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

Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) in the Gulf of Mexico
This general session provided an overview of each of the Gulf state’s Harmful Algal Bloom Programs, as well as the data that they collected during the 2015-2016 red tide event. There were also presentations on the impacts of harmful algal blooms to Gulf of Mexico fisheries and methodologies for monitoring the presence of different alga species.
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2018 Operations Plan for the Fisheries Information Network in the Southeastern United States (FIN)
The Operations Plan lists out the annual activities to be accomplish by GulfFIN. Activities are categorized as operational or committee activities and are categorized as commercial, recreational or both. Each activity is also linked to a specific GulfFIN goal and objective they are addressing.
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Annual Report of the Fisheries Information Network in the Southeast Region (FIN) January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016
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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Current Issues Facing Recreational Fisheries Management
Recreational landings are a significant component for several of the managed marine fish species in the Gulf of Mexico. Some of those species are currently overfished or undergoing overfishing. For this reason, recreational fisheries data collection and management are important topics for discussion. GSMFC invited six speakers to the spring 2017 annual meeting to discuss issues and challenges facing marine recreational fisheries management and data collection.
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Terrapins and Crab Traps
Terrapins and Crab Traps. A summary of the October 2017 GSMFC 68th Annual Meeting General Session examining interactions between terrapins and the crab industry in the Gulf of Mexico. Utilizing the working knowledge of the Commission’s Crab Subcommittee to meet the research needs of the regional and national Diamondback Terrapin Workgroups, it is hoped that we will begin to change the tone regarding interactions between terrapins and the Gulf’s crab industry.
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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