Notification: On-Bottom Oyster Lease Requests

The Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) is initiating a “notice of application” for the execution of private on-bottom oyster leases in accordance with Mississippi Code 49-15-27. In conjunction with this procedure, the MDMR has published potential private on-bottom oyster lease locations for a consecutive period of thirty (30) days to ensure full compliance.

Any person claiming ownership of or interest in the water bottoms to be leased may protest the issuance of the lease on the grounds that the protesting party owns the water bottoms, but only by delivering via certified mail notice of the protest in writing to the Secretary of State, no later than December 30, 2023  according to the procedures outlined in Mississippi Code 49-15-27 and Title 22 – Mississippi Department of Marine Resources Part 1 Rules and Regulations for Molluscan Shellfish Related Activities.

For more information regarding lease locations please follow the link below.

On-Bottom Oyster Lease Applications

For any additional comments or questions please contact Jason Rider @ 228-523-4037 or