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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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To get up to date rule changes and notices you can also join the MarineFisheries Listserv. This is a notification list only, where you will receive timely information from the Division regarding fishery openings and closings, regulation changes and public hearing notices. We hope to use this Listserv to keep our constituents more informed and reduce our reliance on paper mail. Please encourage other interested parties to join this list.

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send e-mail with nothing in the subject or body to:

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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


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

The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries website has:

  • Commercial and recreational regulations
  • Saltwater Fishing Derby standings
  • Permit applications
  • MarineFisheries publications and much more!

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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