Rule Change by NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service has filed notice of a proposed rule change 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 Final Amendment 56 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico that would modify the Gulf gag status determination criteria, optimum yield, overfishing limit, acceptable biological catch, accountability measures, and the recreational fishing season. View the determination of Coastal Zone consistency by NOAA and the full amendment by using the links below.

Any person wishing to make comments or objections to the proposed activity must submit those comments in writing to Katie Nelson 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 September 5, 2023.

Comment Submission Form

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