The Gulf States Marine Fisheries Compact in Three Sentences

texas gulf coast marine maritimeThe Gulf States Marine Fisheries Compact is an agreement among Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida to “promote the better utilization of the fisheries, marine, shell and anadromous, of the seaboard of the Gulf of Mexico.”

The Compact is administered by a commission whose stated purpose is ” the conservation, development, and full utilization of the fishery resources of the Gulf of Mexico, to provide food, employment, income, and recreation to the people of these United States.”

The commission is comprised of representatives of each state who provide a forum for the discussion of different problems and programs of marine management, industry, and research and develop policy for consideration by the states’ legislatures and the United States Congress.

In our Law 101 posts, we define terms, phrases, or concepts with the goal of conveying core information in order to set the stage for more complex discussions.

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