The Division of Marine Fisheries
The Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Marine Fisheries is responsible for the management of the Commonwealth’s living marine resources. The Division promotes and develops commercial and recreational fisheries through research, technical assistance, and the collection of statistics. biologists are assigned to regions of the state and interact with many federal, interstate, state, and local management agencies as well as private fisheries organizations. For further information contact your local Recreational Fisheries biologists.
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Recreational Fisheries Program Biologists
South Shore Office:
1213 Purchase St.
New Bedford, MA 02740
FAX: (508) 990-0449
Annisquam River Marine Fisheries Station:
30 Emerson Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
FAX: (617) 727-3337
North Shore/Metro Boston
251 Causeway St.,
Boston. MA 02114
FAX: (617) 626-1509
Office of Law Enforcement
Environmental Police Officers are responsible for enforcing Massachusetts fish and game laws including the commercial and recreational harvest of living marine resources. In addition they also enforce the Commonwealth’s boating and recreational vehicle laws and regulations. Fishing violations can be reported to the following number:
Toll-Free Number: 1-800-632-8075
Atlantic Cod & Striped Bass
Acoustic Tagging Research
MarineFisheries is conducting two tagging studies to investigate the coastal movements of striped bass and the spawning behavior and movements of Atlantic cod. Fish have been internally tagged with acoustic transmitters and externally tagged with streamer tags.
If you recapture a tagged striped bass or cod:
Record the: Date caught, location, length, weight, and tag number. If the fish is being harvested retain the internal tag.
To claim your reward contact:
MA Division of Marine Fisheries
(978) 282-0308 ext. 106
Acoustically tagged striped bass
Acoustically tagged Atlantic cod
Acoustic receivers will be deployed in the areas highlighted red in this map. Please be aware of the location of the receivers, and what they look like (left). Please do not disturb the receivers or mooring systems.
Regulations in red are new this year.
Purple text indicates an important note.