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MARINE PATROL

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 sate 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

PATROL DIVISION

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

ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISION

Training Coordinator

Communications Division

Marine Patrol Reserve Officers

Emergency Operations Coordinator

Grants Liaison and Community Outreach

INVESTIGATIVE DIVISION

Conservation Investigation

Internal Affairs

Dive Team

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?

Download the applications below and email to Jeff.Payne@dmr.ms.gov.

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.

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