SPECIAL PERMITS

2021 Special Permits authorized under Title 22 Part 18

  • SRP-001-21 — Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. Tissue sampling from finfish and invertebrates to determine watery quality and types of contaminants.

  • SRP-002-21 — National Marine Fisheries Service. Transport of threatened or endangered sea turtle species.

  • SRP-003-21 — National Marine Fisheries Service. Conduct research to expand bycatch estimates temporally and spatially.

  • SRP-004-21 — Mississippi State University. Assessment of the abundance and distribution of coastal shark species.

  • SRP-005-21 — Dauphin Island Sea Laboratory. Collection of stone crabs, sheepshead, black drum, and mud crabs to investigate predator cues.

  • SRP-006-21 — Mississippi State University. Conduct research to quantify the impact of marine debris on marsh vegetation and the recovery of said vegetation after the debris is removed.

  • SRP-007-21 — Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Conduct deployment and monitoring activities of hard clams to assess feasibility of growth and survival.

  • SRP-008-21 — MS-AL Sea Grant.  Volunteers grow oysters in oyster gardens from private piers.

  • SRP-009-21 — Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Conduct fisheries productivity sampling of six restored oyster reefs.

  • SRP-010-21 — National Marine Fisheries Service.  Surveys for planktonic stages of fishes and crustaceans, groundfish, shrimp, reef fishes, coastal sharks, and marine mammals.

  • SRP-011-21 — Mississippi Aquarium.  Transport, tag, and release of threatened and/or endangered sea turtle species that were transplanted to Mississippi from Cape Cod for rehabilitation.

  • SRP-012-21 — Biloxi Shrimp Trip.  Conducts educational tours by demonstrating shrimping methods.

  • SRP-013-21 — Auburn University.  Collection of aquatic organisms for parasitology survey.  This will include the collection of shrimps, crabs, bivalves, and non-game fishes.

  • SRP-014-21 — LaSalle Consulting, LLC. Conduct coastal estuarine surveys of killifish, sunfish, shrimp, and crabs.

  • SRP-015-21 — Mississippi State University.  Collection of up to 50 juvenile Atlantic Tarpon, Megalops atlanticus, at seven sites along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  Fish will be transferred alive to research facilities for experiments to determine stress responses to sportfishing and changes in environmental conditions.

  • SRP-016-21 — University of Alabama. Comparing plant community composition, plant biomass, and denitrification in restored coastal wetlands.  This will help estimate recovery trajectories for ecosystem structure in restored wetlands.

  • SRP-017-21 — United States Geological Survey.  Bathymetric surveys will be conducted in Point Aux Chenes Bay, Middle Bay, and greater Grand Bay region of coastal Mississippi waters.

  • SRP-018-21 — Mississippi Aquarium.  Collection of live specimens for display in public aquariums.

  • SRP-019-21 — Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum. Collecting shrimp intended solely for use as bait for campers at the Sea-N-Sail Adventure Camp.

  • SRP-020-21 — Gulf Coast Research Laboratory.  Conduct sampling activities for various multi-species research projects.

  • SRP-021-21 — University of New Orleans.  Collection of leaves from seagrass, Halodule wrightii, along six 30-meter transects within Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.

  • SRP-022-21 — Pascagoula River Audubon Center.  Conduct coastal bird monitoring on Deer Island, Cat Island, Round Island, and Graveline Beach.

  • SRP-023-21 — Mississippi State University.  Collection of submerged aquatic vegetation, small estuarine fishes, and invertebrates for isotope and biomass analyses.

  • SRP-024-21 — Mississippi Based RESTORE Act Center for Excellence.  Collection of Eastern Oysters (Crassostrea virginica) and deployment of oyster landers and sensor platforms on oyster reefs in the Western Mississippi Sound.

  • SRP-025-21 — Millsaps College. Weekly nesting surveys of Diamondback Terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin) on Point Clear Beach.

  • SRP-026-21 — The Nature Conservancy.  Collection of Eastern Oysters (Crassostrea virginica), sub-tidal affiliated finfish, and water quality parameters at two oyster restoration sites in St. Louis Bay and Back Bay of Biloxi.

  • SRP-027-21 — The Nature Conservancy.  Mark and recapture study with telemetry targeting the Alabama Red-bellied Turtle (Pseudemys alabamensis) in the Biloxi and Tchoutacabouffa River south of I-10.

  • SRP-028-21 — Pascagoula River Audubon Center.  Collection and transportation of various species of finfish and invertebrates to be used in live aquaria.

  • SRP-029-21 — Institute of Marine Mammal Studies.  Collection of live specimens for display in public aquariums.

  • SRP-030-21 — Institute of Marine Mammal Studies.  Tagging and tracking of stranded and rehabilitated Kemp’s Ridley (Lepidochelys kempii), Loggerhead (Caretta caretta), Green (Chelonia mydas), Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivicea), Hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata), and Leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea) sea turtles.

  • SRP-031-21 — Mississippi State University.  Pilot study to locate breeding Black Rails (Laterallus jamaicensis) throughout costal Mississippi by broadcasting Black Rail calls and conducting visual/aural observations.  Vegetation surveys will also be conducted to identify habitat utilized by Black Rails in Mississippi.

  • SRP-032-21 — St. Patrick Catholic High School.  Aquarium experiment using purchased live oysters in experimental chambers to test how the presence of oysters affects the level of bacteria in the water over time.

  • SRP-033-21 — PG Environmental.  Two sampling sites were randomly selected by the EPA for the 2021 National Wetland Condition Assessment, one at Deer Island and the other in the Pearl River marshes.  The permittee will collect vegetation, soil, and water samples at each site for comparison to historical data.

  • SRP-034-21 — University of Alabama. Collection of 50 sods measuring roughly 28 cm in diameter and 20 cm deep from the Bayou Cumbest shoreline.  These sods will be of equal cover smooth cord grass (Spartina alterniflora) and black needlerush (Juncus roemerianus) and will be transferred back to the University for use in a greenhouse experiment.

2020 Special Permits authorized under Title 22 Part 18

  • SRP-001-20 – Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. Tissue sampling from finfish and invertebrates to determine water quality and types of contaminants.
  • SRP-002-20 – Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks. Surveys of coastal streams and rivers.
  • SRP-003-20 – Mississippi State University. Assessment of the abundance and distribution of coastal shark species.
  • SRP-004-20 – Biloxi Shrimp Trip. Conducts educational tours by demonstrating shrimping methods.
  • SRP-005-20 – National Marine Fisheries Service. Transport of threatened or endangered sea turtle species.
  • SRP-006-20 – National Marine Fisheries Service. Conduct research to expand bycatch estimates temporally and spatially.
  • SRP-007-20 – National Marine Fisheries Service. Surveys for planktonic stages of fishes and crustaceans, groundfish, shrimp, reef fishes, coastal sharks, and marine mammals.
  • SRP-008-20 – MS-AL Sea Grant. Volunteers grow oysters in oyster gardens from private piers.
  • SRP-009-20 – Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Conduct fisheries productivity sampling of six restored oyster reefs.
  • SRP-010-20 – LaSalle Consulting, LLC. Conduct coastal estuarine surveys of killifish, sunfish, shrimp and crabs.
  • SRP-011-20 – Pascagoula River Audubon Center. Conduct coastal bird monitoring on Deer Island, Cat Island, Round Island, and Graveline Beach.
  • SRP-012-20 – Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Conduct deployment and monitoring activities of hard clams to assess feasibility of growth and survival.
  • SRP-013-20 – Gulf Coast Research Laboratory. Conduct sampling activities for various multi-species research projects.
  • SRP-014-20 – Pascagoula River Audubon Center. Collection and transportation of various species of finfish and invertebrates to be used in live aquaria.
  • SRP-015-20 – EnviroScience. Conduct collection activities of finfish, benthic invertebrates, sediment, and water samples for the National Coastal Condition Assessment.
  • SRP-016-20 – Mississippi Museum of Natural Science. Collection of live specimens of species common to Mississippi coastal and marine waters for display in public aquariums.
  • SRP-017-20 – Mississippi State University. Monitoring of vegetation growth and reconstruction of rhizomal networks associated with marsh
    grasses.
  • SRP-018-20 – Institute of Marine Mammal Studies. Collection of live specimens for display in public aquariums.
  • SRP-019-20 – The Nature Conservancy. Collection of Eastern Oysters (Crassostrea virginica), sub-tidal affiliated finfish, and water quality parameters at two oyster restoration sites in St. Louis Bay and Back Bay of Biloxi.
  • SRP-020-20 – University of Alabama. Comparing plant community composition, plant biomass, and denitrification in restored coastal
    wetlands. This will help estimate recovery trajectories for ecosystem structure in restored wetlands.
  • SRP-021-20 – Mississippi Aquarium. Collection of live specimens for display in public aquariums.
  • SRP-022-20 – Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum. Collecting shrimp intended solely for use as bait for campers at the Sea-N-Sail Adventure Camp.
  • SRP-023-20 – Coastwise Consulting, Inc. Collect and transport sea turtles using trawls prior to or during dredge operations.
  • SRP-024-20 – University of Mississippi. Collection of sediment with Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve before, during, and
    after impacts from tropical cyclones.
  • SRP-025-20 – Auburn University. Collection of aquatic organisms for parasitology survey. This will include the collection of shrimps, crabs, bivalves, and non-game fishes.
  • SRP-026-20 – Mississippi Based RESTORE Act Center for Excellence. Collection of Eastern Oysters (Crassostrea virginica) and deployment of oyster landers and sensor platforms on oyster reefs in the Western Mississippi Sound.
  • SRP-027-20 – Mississippi Aquarium. Transport of threatened and/or endangered sea turtle species through Mississippi for display at the aquarium.
  • SRP-028-20 – University of West Alabama. Collection of small marine fishes, insects, crustaceans, and aquatic plants to identify the presence of Mycobacterium ulcerans, a zoonotic pathogen.
  • SRP-029-20 – University of New Orleans. Collection of leaves from seagrass, Halodule wrightii, along six 30-meter transects within Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.
  • SRP-030-20 – Mississippi State University. Collection of up to 50 juvenile Atlantic Tarpon, Megalops atlanticus, at seven sites along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Fish will be transferred alive to research facilities for experiments to determine stress responses to sportfishing and changes in environmental conditions.
  • SRP-031-20 – The Nature Conservancy. Mark and recapture study with telemetry targeting the Alabama Red-bellied Turtle (Pseudemys alabamensis) in the Biloxi and Tchoutacabouffa Rivers south of I-10.
  • SRP-032-20 – University of Southern Mississippi. Collection of fish to identify the species present as part of a survey of the diversity of wildlife on the USM Gulf Park campus.
  • SRP-033-20 — Mississippi State University.  Coastal bird monitoring of Nelson’s Sparrow (Ammospiza nelsoni) along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  Specimen will be captured, banded, and measured at two sites, Deer Island and by Point Aux Chenes Bay.

  • SRP-034-20 — United States Geological Survey. Bathymetric surveys will be conducted in Point Aux Chenes Bay, Middle Bay, and greater Grand Bay region of coastal Mississippi waters.

  • SRP-035-20 — Ecological Associates, Inc. Collection of soil cores for sediment analysis and benthic macroinvertebrate samples for identification and enumeration of species.  Sampling will be conducted along the north and south tips, eastern shore, and reference areas of Cat Island.

  • SRP-036-20 — Dauphin Island Sea Laboratory. Collection of stone crabs, sheepshead, black drum, and mud crabs to investigate predator cues.

  • SRP-037-20 — Institute for Marine Mammal Studies. Tagging and tracking of stranded and rehabilitated Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii), loggerhead (Caretta caretta), green (Chelonia mydas), olive ridley (Lepidochelys olivicea), hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata), and leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea) sea turtles.

  • SRP-038-20 — The George Washington University. Collection of Valentine’s Southern Dusky Salamander (Desmognathus valentinei) on the Wolf River Coastal Preserve.

GUIDELINES FOR THE APPLICATION OF A SPECIAL PERMIT
  1. When making the initial request in writing for a special permit the applicant must include the following information:

    1. Name, address and daytime phone number of applicant.

    2. Names of all person(s) that will be conducting field activities under the provisions of the specific permit.

    3. Target species and number of each to be collected (if applicable).

    4. Registration, documentation, and/or license tag number(s) of all vessels and/or vehicles that will be involved in field activities. Name, make, and length of vessel(s) should also be included, if applicable.

    5. A general description of all activities which will be conducted.

    6. A proposed schedule of collection activities by date, the estimated duration of the collection activities for each sampling event, sampling methods, number and size of all gear to be used, and frequency of activity by gear type.

    7. Each collection location must be identified by GPS or Lat./Long. And a map showing the geographical location of the collection activities shall be attached to the application.

  2. Applications should be submitted at least 30 days prior to the proposed project start date to provide sufficient review time for MDMR personnel. Each application received will be reviewed based on individual project merit. After review by MDMR personnel, a recommendation will be made to the Executive Director or his designee as to the validity of the permit request and if it has sufficient merit for issuance.

  3. A complete written report of all collection activities must be submitted to the MDMR Marine Fisheries Office within 30 days of the expiration date of the permit.

  4. The taking of threatened or endangered species is strictly prohibited, unless proper authority is received from the authorized regulatory federal/state agencies. A copy of said authority must be submitted to the MDMR along with the initial application of the scientific collection permit.

  5. MDMR Special Permits are only valid in the marine waters under the territorial jurisdiction of the State of Mississippi. These waters include all waters south of Interstate 10 in Hancock, Harrison and Jackson Counties and extend to approximately three miles south of the barrier islands of Petit Bois, Horn, Ship and Cat Islands in Mississippi. To conduct sampling activities within the one-mile boundary of the Gulf Islands National Seashore (Petit Bois, Horn or Ship Islands) permission must first be obtained from the National Park Service located in Ocean Springs, MS at (228) 875-9057.

  6. No species collected under the authority of an MDMR Special Permit may be sold, bartered, traded or consumed. Only applicants that can demonstrate a specific need for retaining specimens as an integral part of the project will be authorized to retain those specimens.

  7. The MDMR Marine Patrol Office must be notified at (228) 523-4134 at least 24 hours prior to any field activity conducted under the provisions of an MDMR Special Permit.

  8. All authorized personnel must possess valid identification and a copy of the permit when conducting activities under the provisions of an MDMR Special Permit. Permits are not transferable, but may be issued to more than one applicant. At least one authorized person must accompany samples at all times.

  9. The Executive Director or his designee reserves the right to cancel at any time any existing MDMR Special Permit.

  10. All MDMR Special Permits will expire December 31 of the year of issuance, unless otherwise noted. The Executive Director or his designee may otherwise set time limits or restrict the duration of collection activities as deemed necessary.