Proposal by NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations

NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations has filed notice of a proposal which requires review by the MS Department of Marine Resources to ensure compliance with the state’s approved Coastal Program under the Coastal Zone Management Act.

The applicant is proposing to continue vessel operations as the NOAA fleet modernizes by updating and replacing older vessels to meet the demands for NOAA’s missions. Part of this ongoing project will take place in the Mississippi Coastal Zone until 2038.. View the full application at the link(s) below.

Any person wishing to make comments or objections to the proposed activity must submit those comments in writing to Thomas Butera by mail at the Department of Marine Resources at 1141 Bayview Avenue, Biloxi, Mississippi 39530, by email at, or by using the form below before 1:00 p.m. on the day June 10, 2024. 

Comment Submission Form

You should receive an acknowledgement of your comment from Thomas Butera by email. If you do not receive this acknowledgement, please contact