Fishing with handline or rod, with naturally or artificially
The time when fish cannot be lawfully taken.
"Coastal Waters" (Waters under the jurisdiction
of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts):
include all of Mass. Bay, Cape Cod Bay, Nantucket Sound, the
waters within the rise and fall of the tide and extends three
miles offshore from an established baseline. It does not include
the waters within or above any fishladder or dam, nor the
waters above any tidal bound legally established by DEP in
streams flowing into the sea.
Any animal life inhabiting the ocean or its connecting waters,
including any crustacea or marine fish, whether free swimming
or free moving, and any shellfish or seaworms, whether or
not embedded in the soil.
For quota-monitored fisheries, closing date(s) are dependent
upon the fulfillment of either the state or coast-wide quotas.
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landings of all quota-monitored species.
Snagging, Snatching or Hooking:
The taking of fish not attracted by bait or artificial lure
with hooks, gangs, or lures, whether baited or unbaited, in
manner so as to pierce and hook a fish in any part of the
body other than the mouth.
The verb To Fish in all of its moods and tenses is
to take or attempt to take fish by any means, whether or not
such method or means results in their capture.
Sale of Fish:
A permit is required to sell fish.
Weir, Pound Nets or Fish Traps may be set by a person.possessing
written authorization to do so from the aldermen, city.council
or selectmen in the community of use, and also the written.approval
of the director of Marine Fisheries and DEP, subject to.such
conditions as they may impose. Such weirs, traps or pound
nets must be conspicuously marked in an approved manner.
Portions of Streams flowing into coastal waters may
be closed.during spawning season for the purpose of protecting
smelt and.their spawn. Notices of such closings are posted
on or near such.closed areas giving the bounds thereof.