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Massachusetts offers some of the finest saltwater
recreational fishing in the United States

This Recreational Fishing Guide was developed by the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries to provide information about the vast opportunities available to help you enjoy the Commonwealth’s recreational fishing experience. It includes marine finfish regulations, an extensive listing of the state’s public boat ramps, bait & tackle shops, charterboat and headboat operations, and lobster and crabbing information and regulations. It also includes information about how to handle your catch and it encourages use of responsible fishing practices.

The Division of Marine Fisheries is dedicated to sustaining our fisheries and a healthy marine ecosystem through innovation, collaboration, and leadership. The Commonwealth’s commitment to achieving this vision is supported by dedicating your saltwater fishing permit fees to improve public access to our resources and to build programs that advance management of our fisheries. With your continued support we will work to enrich the public’s way of life for many years into the future.

In addition to the revenue from your saltwater recreational fishing permit fees, funding for this guide and much of the Division’s Recreational Fisheries Program is provided by one of the most effective “user-pays, user-benefits” programs in the nation – The Sport Fish Restoration Act – where anglers and boaters provide vital financial support for state fisheries management, boating access, and other related programs.

We hope this year’s guide will be a useful addition to your tackle box. Please enjoy and respect the richness of our marine resources.

Best Regards,

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Paul J. Diodati, Director

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Mary B. Griffin, Commissioner

Regulations in red are new this year.

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