State of Our Coast scheduled for May 6

19-25-CWS | May 1, 2019

BILOXI, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) will host its “State of Our Coast” meeting from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday, May 6, in Biloxi.


Speakers include Gov. Phil Bryant, U.S. Congressman Steven Palazzo (MS-4) and Ashley Edwards, president and CEO of the Gulf Coast Business Council.


“The goal for State of Our Coast is to discuss how Mississippi and its partners are progressing into the future,” said Joe Spraggins, executive director of the MDMR. “State of Our Coast will focus on how we can meet our goals to enhance, protect and conserve our marine interests on our coast.”


This year’s theme is “Power of Partnerships,” and topics include the Mississippi Coastal Map Revision Project, Embrace the Gulf 2020 and an update on Mississippi’s oysters.


“State of Our Coast is a great opportunity to improve technical communication and find new opportunities for partnership in management and restoration of fisheries and other resources in the Northern Gulf of Mexico,” said George Ramseur, director of the MDMR Office of Restoration and Resiliency.


The conference will also include two panel discussions – one about secure ports, Marine Patrol and Homeland Security and one about coastal partnerships for restoration.


The conference will be held at the IP Casino Resort Spa, 850 Bayview Ave. in Biloxi. For more information or to register, visit


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