Marine Resources Commissioner Richard Gollott dies after long battle with cancer

21-17-CWS | May 12, 2021

BILOXI, Miss. – Richard Gollott, a longtime commissioner on the Mississippi Advisory Commission on Marine Resources (MACMR), died Sunday after a long battle with cancer.


Appointed by the governor and starting his term on July 1, 2004, Gollott represented commercial seafood processors on the MACMR until March 16, 2021.


“Commissioner Gollott was a leader in the shrimp industry and his vast knowledge helped Mississippi seafood earn worldwide recognition for its quality,” said MDMR Executive Director Joe Spraggins. “He will be greatly missed and his contributions to the commission and our agency will leave a lasting impression on all of us.”


Gollott, who was a lifelong resident of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, was a founding member of the Southern Shrimp Alliance. He also served on the Board of Directors for the American Shrimp Processors Association.


He was married to Shirley and they have two sons, Richie and Anthony, and a daughter, Shelly.

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources is dedicated to enhancing, protecting and conserving marine interests of the state by managing all marine life, public trust wetlands, adjacent uplands and waterfront areas to provide for the optimal commercial, recreational, educational and economic uses of these resources consistent with environmental concerns and social changes. Visit the DMR online at