Mississippi Gulf Coast national Heritage Area - Natural


Our land is defined by the water that connects us. We are beaches, bays, rivers, creeks, swamps, marshes, islands, and shores. We are home to the nation’s last remaining unimpeded river and 36 miles of sandy beaches. Our water provides us ecological riches unrivaled in other places. Our environment creates seafood known worldwide, freshwater that flows abundant from artesian wells, and unmatched habitats that sustain untold species of flora and fauna.


The Gulf Coast Outpost business recognition program is part of the 2016 Nature-Based Tourism Plan for Coastal Mississippi. It was developed for the Heritage Area by stakeholders in the industry. Business owners and operators are recognized through a checklist that focuses on training, sustainability and stewardship. The program is aimed at those companies whose primary business is dependent on the natural environment in Mississippi’s six coastal counties. This includes eco tours, locally owned outfitters, charter boat operators, tour guides, eco-lodges and agritourism entities.


Resources and Permit Information

In efforts to preserve Mississippi’s pristine plant and wildlife, licenses and permits may be required for recreational activities such as fishing, hunting, and hiking. These documents are easy to obtain by visiting the following sites.

For information regarding Wildlife Management Areas in Southeastern Mississippi:

To Purchase a hunting or fishing license or a Wildlife Management Permit:

For information on commercial and recreational fishing, wildlife and plants, and coastal preservation efforts:

If you would like the opportunity to have your business featured as one of MS Heritage Area’s assets and your business belongs to one of Mississippi’s lower six counties, complete and submit the form found in this link.

Business, Event or Activity Contact Form

Mississippi Department of Marine Resources
1141 Bayview Avenue Biloxi, MS, 39530


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