The Department of Marine Resources was created by the Legislature in 1994 to manage Mississippi's coastal resources through the authority of the Commission on Marine Resources.
The five members of the Commission on Marine Resources are appointed by the governor for four-year terms to represent the following areas: commercial seafood processors, nonprofit environmental organizations, charter boat operators, recreational fishermen and commercial fishermen.
n Dr. Vernon Asper, Ph.D., chairman, represents nonprofit environmental organizations. He was appointed by Gov. Haley Barbour to a term that ends June 30, 2014.
n Jimmy Taylor, vice chairman, of Harrison County represents charter boat operators. He was appointed by Barbour for a term than ends June 30, 2014.
n Steve Bosarge of Jackson County represents commercial fishermen. He was reappointed by Gov. Phil Bryant to a term that ends June 30, 2016.
n Shelby Drummond of Jackson County represents recreational sports fishermen. He was reappointed by Bryant to a term than ends June 30, 2016.
n Richard Gollott of Harrison County represents commercial seafood processors. He was reappointed by Bryant to a term than ends June 30, 2016.
DMR Executive Director William Walker was first appointed by then-Gov. Ronnie Musgrove and confirmed by the state Senate in 2002. He was last reappointed by Gov. Phil Bryant this year and confirmed by the state Senate.
-- Department of Marine Resources and wire reports