In July 2001, Mississippi Department of Marine Resources entered into agreement with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to provide law enforcement of federal regulations in both state and federal waters.
The Office of Marine Patrol provides marine enforcement of federal and state laws and the ordinances of the Commission on Marine Resources for the protection, preservation and conservation of Mississippi’s seafood, aquatic life and associated coastal wetlands habitats. Marine Patrol also carries out the enforcement of state and federal laws pertaining to boating safety and provides emergency assistance concerning the state’s marine environment.
MARINE PATROL IS COMPOSED OF THREE DIVISIONS
Handles service calls
Ensures safety on waterways
Boat & Water Safety Classes
Handles special events on water
Enforces Mississippi’s Seafood laws with retailers and restaurants
Protects marine life
Enforces the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery and Conservation Act throughout three coastal counties and expanding 200 miles offshore
Marine Patrol Reserve Officers
Emergency Operations Coordinator
Grants Liaison and Community Outreach
Waterborne Death Investigations
Boating Under the Influence Enforcement
Boat Accident Investigation/Reconstruction
Joint Enforcement Agreement Program Coordinator
MARINE PATROL RESERVE OFFICERS
The Marine Patrol Reserve Unit was established to assist the MDMR Office of Marine Patrol in its efforts to enhance, protect and conserve the coastal resources of the state of Mississippi.
Reserve law enforcement officers are required to attend trainings and maintain part-time certification with the Mississippi Board Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Training. The Reserve Unit assists Marine Patrol with routine enforcement, as well as special events such as, opening of shrimp season, regattas, air shows, Mardi Gras and the Blessing of the Fleet.
The successful candidate chosen to volunteer has the honor to join a unit, comprised of highly motivated individuals who are committed to protecting Mississippi’s prized resources located along the Northern Gulf of Mexico.
INTERESTED IN JOINING OUR RESERVE OFFICERS?
For additional information on your rights and the administrative process you are urged to review MCA §§ 49-15-401, et seq., and Title 22 Part 20 Administrative Penalty Procedures of the MDMR.