Welcome to the Department of Fish & Game
The Department of Fish and Game is charged with stewardship responsibility for the Commonwealth's marine and freshwater fisheries, wildlife species, plants and natural communities. DFG conserves and restores the state's rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, wild lands, and coastal waters through programs of research, restoration, wildlife management and land protection. The department promotes recreational uses of the state's lands and waters consistent with the agency's mission.
- Maps and Destinations Looking for a place to go fishing, hunting, boating, hiking or wildlife watching? We have maps of Wildlife Management Areas, boating access sites, ponds, and more.
- Living with Wildlife
Having difficulties with coyotes in your neighborhood? Or, has a colony of bats taken up residence in your attic? Is it ever helpful to move a fawn or any young animal? Learn the answers to these and other questions in Living with Wildlife.
- Vernal Pool Certification
Help the Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program ‘certify’ the occurrence of vernal pools by documenting use by one or more groups of species that rely on this unique habitat. Certification provides protection of vernal pools through regulatory oversight in specific cases.
- Commercial Regulations
These are Commercial Fishing Regulation summary tables for finfish, shellfish & seaworms, and lobster & crabs.