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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:

Quest Center,

1213 Purchase St.

New Bedford, MA 02740

(508) 990-2860

FAX: (508) 990-0449

John Boardman


Annisquam River Marine Fisheries Station:

30 Emerson Avenue

Gloucester, MA 01930

(978) 282-0308

FAX: (617) 727-3337

Matt Ayer

North Shore/Metro Boston

Boston Office:

251 Causeway St.,

Suite 400

Boston. MA 02114

(617) 626-1520

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

Bill Hoffman

(978) 282-0308 ext. 106

Acoustically tagged striped bass

Acoustic Transmitter

Acoustically tagged Atlantic cod

Acoustic Receiver

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.

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