Derelict vessels to be removed from waterways beginning July 1

22-27-CWS | June 29, 2022

BILOXI, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) will be removing abandoned and otherwise derelict vessels from the waterways pursuant to an updated act passed by the Mississippi Legislature that will take effect July 1, 2022. The new bill provides more extensive and inclusive definitions of what constitutes a derelict vessel and provides for penalties to be assessed against the registered owners of derelict vessels.


To report a derelict vessel, contact MDMR Derelict Vessel Coordinator, Russell Weatherly, at 228-523-4040 or, if after normal business hours, Marine Patrol Dispatch at 228-523-4134 or email

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