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Saltwater Fishing

Saltwater Fishing

Division of Marine Fisheries

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Charles D. Baker

Karen E. Polito
Lieutenant Governor

Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Kathleen Theoharides

Department of Fish and Game

Ronald Amidon

Division of Marine Fisheries

Daniel J. McKiernan

Marine Fisheries Advisory Commission:

Raymond W. Kane Jr. - Chatham

Kalil Boghdan - Hamilton

Tim Brady – Plymouth

William Doyle - Plymouth

Michael Pierdinock - Plymouth

Bill Amaru - Orleans

Shelley Edmundson - Tisbury

Arthur Sawyer - Gloucester

Louis Williams - Salem

Marine Recreational Fisheries Development Panel

Kalil Boghdan - Hamilton

Kevin Blinkoff – Bourne

Patrick Paquette - Hyannis

Mike Moss - Sutton

Michael Pierdinock - Plymouth

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 local fishing groups. For further information, contact your local Recreational Fisheries biologist.

Recreational Fisheries Program Biologists

South Shore Office:

836 South Rodney French Boulevard

New Bedford, MA 02744

(508) 990-2860

John Boardman

South Shore/South Coast

[email protected]

Annisquam River Marine Fisheries Station:

30 Emerson Avenue

Gloucester, MA 01930

(978) 282-0308

Matt Ayer

North Shore/Metro Boston

[email protected]

Boston Office:

251 Causeway St.,

Suite 400

Boston. MA 02114

(617) 626-1520

Your Permit Dollars at Work

Public Access

  • Develops and maintains large fishing piers
  • Funds small projects improving or repairing existing access sites
  • Funds the deployment of dedicated recreational artificial reefs

Angler Education

  • Provides free clinics for young anglers
  • Develops online resources for classroom educators

Improved Recreational Catch Data

  • Increases the sample size for the Marine Recreational Information Program's Access Point Angler Intercept Survey

Research and Conservation

  • River herring population management and restoration work
  • Striped bass migratory patterns and genetics

For more information see our website

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