The Commission on Marine Resources decided Friday to suspend the April 30, 2020, expiration date of commercial licenses and extend the expiration date to May 31, 2020, for commercial licenses.
Applicants are still able to obtain commercial licenses by mailing a copy of both the boat registration and the boat owner’s driver’s license, as well as a check or money order, to the MDMR at 1141 Bayview Avenue, Biloxi, MS 39530.
The move was made in order to comply with Gov. Tate Reeves’ executive order.
In addition, Congressman Steven Palazzo joined 38 colleagues in a bipartisan letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce urging immediate distribution of the assistance secured by Congress in the CARES Act to fishery participants, including Tribal, subsistence, commercial, and charter fishery participants.
“We write to urge you to quickly implement the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, which provides $300 million for fishery participants facing unprecedented and severe impacts due to the novel coronavirus,” the members wrote in their letter. “Due to the ongoing public health crisis, fisheries dependent businesses and communities are facing extreme economic hardship from loss of markets …
“Furthermore, many tribal and non-tribal communities impacted by the ongoing crisis have also faced fishery disasters in recent years with long delays in disaster relief, so they are especially threatened by additional economic hardship …
“Rapid relief is critical now for the future of coastal communities, our constituents, and a thriving fishing industry.”