DMR, DEQ urge commercial fishermen to sign up for Vessel of Opportunity program

If you are a licensed Mississippi commercial fisherman with a large shrimp boat-size vessel and you would like to work in the BP Vessel of Opportunity program and have not yet signed up, the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources asks that you contact them immediately.

Please call Lauren Thompson at 228-523-4053 or Shelly Becker at 228-523-4051 in MDMR Public Affairs with your name and a description of your vessel.

Also, please feel free to call MDMR Executive Director Dr. Bill Walker on his cell phone at 228-216-5010.

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality safeguards the health, safety, and welfare of Mississippians by conserving and improving our environment and fostering wise economic growth through focused research and responsible regulation.

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