2017 Mississippi Code
Title 49 - Conservation and Ecology
Chapter 15 - Seafood
Article 1 - General Provisions
§ 49-15-11. Mississippi Department of Marine Resources; transfer of certain powers and duties from Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks; Executive Director of the Department of Marine Resources; definition of terms; composition of department; personnel to be appointed by executive director
- (1) The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources is hereby established and full power is vested in the department to manage, control, supervise, enforce and direct any matters pertaining to saltwater aquatic life and marine resources under the jurisdiction of the commission.
- (2) The Executive Director of the Department of Marine Resources shall have the authority to internally reorganize the Department of Marine Resources. For a period of six (6) months after April 16, 2014, the personnel actions of the executive director shall be exempt from State Personnel Board rules, regulations and procedures in order to give the executive director flexibility in making an orderly, effective and timely reorganization of the Department of Marine Resources.
- (3) The department shall be composed of the following offices:
- (a) Office of Coastal Resources Management;
- (b) Office of Finance and Administration;
- (c) Office of Marine Fisheries;
- (d) Office of Marine Patrol; and
- (e) Office of Coastal Restoration and Resiliency.
Each office shall be composed of the administrative units as set forth in the reorganization plan developed by the executive director.
- (4) The following agency personnel shall be appointed by the executive director:
- (a) Chief Financial Officer who shall have a minimum of a Master's degree in Business Administration, Accounting or related field and a minimum of five (5) years' experience in business management or accounting practice.
- (b) Chief of Marine Patrol who shall be a certified law enforcement officer with a minimum of ten (10) years of law enforcement experience.
- (c) Chief Scientific Officer who shall have a minimum of a Master's degree in Coastal Sciences or related field with a minimum of five (5) years of experience in coastal resource management or equivalent experience.
- (5) The executive director shall have an annual audit of the department, including the accounts established in Section 49-15-17, performed by an independent certified public accountant and shall file the audit report with the commission, the Chairman of the Senate Ports and Marine Resources Committee, the Chairman of the House Marine Resources Committee, the State Auditor and the Legislative Budget Office.
- (6) Whenever the terms "Mississippi Marine Conservation Commission," "Marine Conservation Commission," "Bureau of Marine Resources" and "Mississippi Marine Resources Council" appear in any state law, they shall mean the "Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources."
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