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Special Use Permits

Before conducting any research, contact our Research Coordinator Kim Cressman so that she can help guide you to the proper resources. Depending on your study site, you may need one or multiple special use permits, as Grand Bay NERR (state lands) and Grand Bay NWR (federal lands) may overlap. 

Mississippi Department of Marine Resources

For any projects within Grand Bay NERR boundaries, wetlands, state waters, etc. please see the Special Permits page at the MDMR website. 

For permitting questions, please contact

US Fish and Wildlife Service

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issues permits under various wildlife law and treaties at a number of offices throughout the country.  Permits enable the public to engage in legitimate wildlife-related activities that would otherwise be prohibited by law.  Service permit programs ensure that such activities are carried out in a manner that safeguards wildlife.  Additionally, some permits promote conservation efforts by authorizing scientific research, generating data, or allowing wildlife management and rehabilitation activates to go forward.

Permits are handled by permitting programs in International Affairs (Management Authority), Endangered SpeciesLaw Enforcement, and  Migratory Birds.

For more detailed information, go to How to Obtain a PermitFAQs/Facts or Application Forms.

Private Property

Several private inholdings exist within the Grand Bay NERR boundary. Please check the Jackson County Tax Assessor’s property maps to make sure you do not locate research sites on private property.

Add to our Project List

We request that you send us a project title, brief description, and anticipated start and end dates (year is fine) for your project, so we can demonstrate the value of the NERR system for external researchers! Please contact the Research Coordinator with these details, and share your publications with us when they come out!


Meet the Coordinator

Kimberly Cressman is the Research & Monitoring Coordinator.
She oversees the Grand Bay NERR's Research & Monitoring programs.