The Gulf Coast is home to some of the nation's most productive shellfish and finfish waters and their supporting coastal wetlands and is rich in natural resources on which many generations have depended for their livelihoods. Our coastal resources have not only sustained a growing economy, but have contributed greatly to the culture and heritage that define Mississippi Gulf Coast natives as a people.
The Department of Marine Resources (DMR), created by the legislature as a new state agency in 1994, manages our coastal resources through the authority of the Commission on Marine Resources. The DMR is dedicated to enhancing, protecting and conserving the marine interests of Mississippi for present and future generations. It manages all marine life, public trust wetlands, adjacent uplands and waterfront areas for the long-term recreational, educational, commercial and economic benefit of everyone.
The DMR and the Commission on Marine Resources play an important role in administering Mississippi Seafood Laws, the Mississippi Coastal Wetlands Protection Act, the Public Trust Tidelands Act, the Boat and Water Safety Act, the Derelict Vessel Act, the Non-Point Source Pollution Act, the Magnuson Act, the Wallop-Breaux Sportfish Restoration Act, Marine Litter Act and other state and federal mandates.