Public Notices

Legal Notice for Title 22 Part 18 Scientific Collection Permits

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) does hereby give public notice that on August 18, 2015 at the regularly scheduled meeting of the Commission on Marine Resources, the Commission approved a Notice of Intent to update, modify and change below listed sections of Title 22 Part 18. Said Notice of Intent was filed with the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office on August 18, 2015. A complete copy of Title 22 Part 18 and the proposed changes are available are available at www.dmr.ms.gov. Public comments on the proposed regulation changes will be accepted through September 14, 2015. All comments should be mailed to the MDMR, Attn: Joe Jewell, 1141 Bayview Avenue, Biloxi, MS 39530 or emailed to Joe Jewell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and delivered by 5:00 PM on September 14, 2015.

Complete description of proposed changes:

TITLE 22 PART 18: MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF MARINE RESOURCES: PART 18 RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR SPECIAL PERMITS IN THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI.

Chapter 2

106 It is the public policy of this state to favor the preservation of the natural state of the coastal wetlands and their ecosystems and to prevent the despoliation and destruction of them pursuant to Miss. Code Ann. § 49-27-3.

107 The MCMR is vested with authority to adopt, modify, or repeal rules or regulations to utilize, manage, conserve, preserve and protect the flora, fauna, tidelands, coastal wetlands, coastal preserves, marine waters and any other matter pertaining to the marine resources under its jurisdiction pursuant to Miss. Code Ann. § 49-15-304.

Chapter 3

102 The original permit or a copy of the original permit must be in the possession of one of the permittees when taking or possessing marine organisms samples under the conditions of the permit. Permits are not transferable, but may be issued in more than one person’s name.

106 All MDMR Special Permits are valid only in the marine waters and state managed areas under the territorial jurisdiction of the State of Mississippi MDMR. These waters include all waters south of Interstate Highway10 in Hancock, Harrison and Jackson Counties and extend to approximately three miles Ssouth of the barrier islands. All state managed areas include those parcels acquired and managed by the MDMR’s Coastal Preserves Program. To conduct sampling activities within the one-mile boundary of the Gulf Islands National Seashore permission must also be obtained from the National Park Service located in Ocean Springs, MS at (228) 875-9057.

107 The MDMR Office of Marine Fisheries at (228) 374-5000 and the Marine Patrol Office (228) 432-7708 523-4134 must be notified 24 hours in advance of the start of any research activity.

Chapter 4 Marine MDMR Scientific Collection Research Permit

100 For the purpose of this permit, scientific research is defined as any research, monitoring, restoration, or collection activity having potential direct or indirect impact to state-managed natural resources. When making the initial request in writing for an Marine MDMR Scientific Collection Research Permit the applicant must include the following information on a form provided by the MDMR:

100.01 Name, address and daytime phone number of applicant

100.02 Names of all person(s) that will be conducting field collections research activities under the provisions of the specific permit.

100.03 Registration and/or documentation number(s) of all vehicles or vessels that will be involved in collection research activities and name of vessel(s) if applicable.

100.04 A general description of all activities which will be conducted, including a schedule of collection activities, collection research methods, number and size of all gear to be used, and frequency of collection activity by gear type.

100.05 A navigational chart map showing the geographical location of the collection research activities, with each location identified by coordinates.

101 A complete written report of all collection research activities must be submitted to the MDMR Office of Marine Fisheries MDMR within 90 30 days following the expiration date of the permit.

102 None of the finfish or shellfish samples collected under the authority of a Mississippi Marine MDMR Scientific Collection Research Permit are to be sold, bartered, traded or consumed. Only applicants who can demonstrate a specific need for retaining specimens samples as an integral part of the project will be authorized to retain specimens samples.

Chapter 5

101 Applicants must be tax-exempt organizations under Section 501 (c) of the United States Internal Revenue Code and have on file with the State Tax Commission a tax-exempt letter issued by the United States Internal Revenue Service. Each application received will be reviewed. After review by Office of Marine Fisheries personnel of the MDMR, and a recommendation will be made to the Executive Director of the MDMR or his designee as to the validity of the permit request and if it has sufficient merit for issuance.

104 The total catch of shrimp shall be limited to that deemed necessary by the MDMR and the applicant, but shall not exceed a maximum of 500 pounds. Any by-catch must to be returned to the water immediately. The Executive Director will determine the total number of oysters, which the permittee will be allowed to harvest under the conditions of the permit.

Chapter 6

100 When making the initial request in writing for a Marine broodstock Bbrood Sstock Ccollection Ppermit the applicant must include the following information on a form provided by the MDMR:

101 A complete written report of all collection activities must be submitted to the MDMR Office of Marine Ffisheries within 90 30 days following the expiration date of the permit.

102 None of the finfish or shellfish collected under the authority of a Marine Broodstock Brood Stock Collection Permit are to be sold, bartered, traded or consumed.

Chapter 7

101 A complete written report of all harvest activities must be submitted to the MDMR Ooffice of Marine Fisheries within 90 30 days following the expiration date of the permit to include but not limited to: