Commercial Fishing Permit application
All persons who land and sell finfish,
shellfish, lobsters, edible crabs or other living marine resources
in Massachusetts must have a commercial fishing permit from
the Division of Marine Fisheries and must sell only to permitted
Massachusetts dealers. Commercial permits may be endorsed for
access to the many "regulated" fisheries. Regulated
fisheries include most gear types (other than hook fishing),
and species that are restricted by quota. For a complete list
of regulated fisheries, see the endorsements section below. All commercial permits, except
Rod & Reel and Seasonal lobster, may be endorsed for shellfish
at no additional cost.
Clarification Letter Pertaining to Commercial Permit Holders Who Fish From a Boat or Boats
Commercial Permit Types
Coastal Lobster Permit allows the taking, landing and sale of lobsters (to a licensed
dealer) harvested from within the coastal waters of the Commonwealth.
There is a maximum of 800 lobster pots per vessel that may be
set in state waters. The permit may be endorsed to take and
sell shellfish and finfish at no additional cost. In the case
of skin or scuba divers, only the licensee is covered.
Offshore Lobster Permit allows the landing and sale
of lobsters (to a licensed dealer) taken outside of the coastal
waters of the commonwealth only; pursuant to a federal lobster
permit. The permit may be endorsed to take and sell shellfish
and finfish at no additional cost.
Seasonal Lobster Permit is issued to full-time students
only (verification required), and allows the licensee only
to take and sell lobsters (to a licensed dealer) from June
15 - Sept. 15. A maximum of 25 pots may be used. Diving is
not permitted, sale of fish and/or shellfish in not permitted.
Seasonal Lobster permit applicants must submit verification of full-time student status (letter attesting to full time status on school letterhead) & parental consent if under the age of seventeen.
Boat Permits allows the taking, landing and sale of
fish (to a licensed dealer) and may be endorsed for shellfish.
The permit covers everyone aboard the vessel. Price varies
with vessel size. No lobsters may be taken.
Individual Permit allows the holder only to take,
land and sell fish (to a licensed dealer) and may be endorsed
for shellfish. No lobster may be taken.
Shellfish Permit allows an individual to take, land
and sell (to a licensed dealer) shellfish and seaworms. A
shellfish ID card, from the Division, and town permit are
Rod & Reel Permit allows the holder only, to catch
and sell finfish (to a licensed dealer) caught by Rod &
Reel only. No other gear types may be used.
Certain commercial fisheries require an endorsement. Several endorsements may be attached to a single commercial fishing permit.
- American Eel
- Bay Scallop Shucking
- Black Sea Bass
- Black Sea Bass (Fish Pot) *
- Bluefin Tuna Seine *
- Bluefish Gillnet *
- Coastal Access Permit (Mobile Gear) *
- Conch Pot *
- Fish Weir
- Fluke *
- Gillnet *
- Horseshoe Crab
- Inshore Net
- Northern Shrimp
- Ocean Quahog *
- Quahog Dredge *
- Scup (Fish Pot) *
- Sea Herring
- Sea Scallop Diving
- Sea Scallop Shucking
- Sea Urchin Diving
- Sea Urchin Dredge
- Striped Bass
- Surf Clam *
- Surf Clam (Contaminated)
- Surface Gillnet
- Statewaters Groundfish *
* denotes limited entry fishery - endorsements may be available by transfer
Permits - special permits application shellfish aquaculture
Special permits are required for scientific collection, shellfish
aquaculture, shellfish propagation, contaminated shellfish
harvest, and for the non-commercial harvest of lobster. Regulated
fisheries are now issued as endorsements on commercial permits.
See the DMF Abstracts for information on the various types
of special permits required.
Request for Verification of Permit Transferability
Dogfish Control Notice
Vessel Replacement Form for Limited Entry Permits
Sea Urchin Fishery Affidavit
2013 Lobster Trap Tag Order Form Form ST-12 (Exempt Use Certificate)
2013 Fish Pot Trap Tag Order Form
Gear Conflict/Catastrophic Gear Loss Report
In order to harvest green crabs you must obtain a Letter of Authorization (LOA) from DMF. Please contact Kerry Allard for an LOA or more information.
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