November 12, 2013 In News
The Commission on Marine Resources steers the vision of the Department of Marine Resources. Zimmerman has been a member of the Coastal Conservation Association since 2002 and currently serves as president of the Bay St. Louis chapter, a position he also held from 2002-2007. He also is a member of the Mississippi Wildlife Federation.
“Ernie’s love and work in protecting our marine resources make him a perfect appointment to the Commission on Marine Resources,” Gov. Bryant said. “DMR’s success is vital to the Gulf Coast and to the management of Mississippi’s coastal resources, and I know Ernie will be an asset to the Commission.”
Zimmerman attended St. Stanislaus High School and later attended Pearl River Community College.
His professional career includes serving as a superintendent for Trinity Yachts in Gulfport and as Production Technician for Calgon Carbon in Bay St. Louis.
Jamie Miller, executive director of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, said Zimmerman has a notable track record of marine resource conservation in southern Mississippi. His honest and practical approach to environmental stewardship will be an asset to the Commission.
“For years, Ernie Zimmerman has worked to protect the coastal resources on the Gulf Coast, particularly the Heron Bay estuary,” Miller said. “His efforts to preserve our marine environment will make him a valuable member of the CMR.”
“I am honored and humbled by this appointment from Gov. Bryant and look forward to protecting the sustainability of our marine and coastal resources for all Mississippians,” Zimmerman said. “I would like to thank the governor and the people of our state for this opportunity to serve them. This appointment makes me understand that my work protecting our marine environment has not gone unnoticed.”
Jimmy Taylor, chairman of the CMR, said he and the other commissioners look forward to working with Zimmerman.
“We have heard a lot of good things about Ernie Zimmerman, and we are glad to have him as part of the CMR,” he said.
Zimmerman is a lifelong resident of Waveland and has been married to Kim Scafidi for 28 years. They have two daughters, Rachael and Gabrielle.
Zimmerman replaces Vernon Asper, who resigned from the Commission in July. Zimmerman’s appointment will be brought before the Mississippi Senate for confirmation during the 2014 legislative session.
DMR was created by the legislature as a new state agency in 1994 and is tasked with managing Mississippi’s coastal resources through the authority of the Commission on Marine Resources. DMR manages all marine life, public trust wetlands, adjacent uplands and waterfront areas for the long-term recreational, educational, commercial and economic benefit of everyone.
DMR and the Commission on Marine Resources play an important role in administering Mississippi Seafood Laws, the Mississippi Coastal Wetlands Protection Act, the Public Trust Tidelands Act, the Boat and Water Safety Act, the Derelict Vessel Act, the Non-Point Source Pollution Act, the Magnuson Act, the Wallop-Breaux Sportfish Restoration Act, Marine Litter Act and other state and federal mandates.