Meeting Schedule

The Massachusetts Marine Fisheries Advisory Commission is a nine member board, representing recreational and commercial fishing interests (including seafood dealers), from various parts of the Massachusetts coast. The MFC was established by the Legislature in 1961, and its members are “qualified in the field of marine fisheries by training and experience.” Commissioners are appointed by the governor to three-year terms, and attend monthly business meetings as well as public hearings. Proposed regulatory changes are approved or disapproved by a majority vote at the Commission’s monthly business meetings, Commission members are not compensated monetarily for the time they commit to the MFC; they are dedicated to working with DMF to ensure a sustainable resource for all.

MFC members are:

Mark Amorello, Chairman. Mark owns a charter boat business and commercial tuna and lobster business. He has served on the New England Fishery Management Council and was a commissioner of the ICCAT (International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna) for one term. Mark also owns Ocean Works, Inc., a custom metal fabrication company established in 1988 and the Cape Cod edition of the Coastal Angler Magazine.

Vito Calomo, Vice-Chairman. Vito is a third generation commercial fisherman with many years experience as a boat captain and owner. He held the position of Executive Director of the Gloucester Fisheries Commission from 1995 to 2001, after which he was named the new Executive Director of the Massachusetts Fisheries Recovery Commission. Vito has served on the New England Fishery Management Council and as a proxy for the Legislative Commissioner to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. 

Chuck Casella, Clerk. Chuck is a devoted saltwater angler and charter boat captain who advocates for recreational fishing opportunity, science-based fishery management, and sustainable fishing practices. He has served in various leadership positions for the Massachusetts Striped Bass Association, Plum Island Surfcasters, Haverhill Hound Rod & Gun Club, and the Haverhill RidgeRunners and is currently the President of the League of Essex County Sportsmen's Clubs. He is also a former member of the New England Fishery Management Council’s Recreational Advisory Panel and Skate Advisory Board and also serves on the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Striped Bass and Bluefish Advisory Panels. Chuck graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1987. 

Bill Adler. Bill is a commercial lobsterman and the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Lobstermen's Association. While Bill has been fishing commercially since 1963, he holds a Master’s degree in English from Northeastern University and received the “Teacher of the Year Award” at English High School in Boston in 1973. Bill serves as the Governor’s appointed Commissioner to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and is a member of the Stellwagen Bank Sanctuary Advisory Council. Bill also served as a member of the Massachusetts Ocean Task Force.

Joseph Huckemeyer. Joe is the owner/operator of the Helen H Offshore Fishing Corporation, a charter and party boat company that provides fishing excursions from the Massachusetts South Coast.  He also has experience dragging, crabbing and hook fishing for groundfish. In addition he is a member of the Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fishermen's Association and the Recreational Fishing Alliance. Through years of involvement with the Division of Marine Fisheries, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, New England Fishery Management Council and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, Joe has promoted sustainable fisheries and wise use of the Commonwealth’s ocean resources in both recreational and commercial fisheries.

Raymond W. Kane, II. Ray has three decades of experience in marine operations and fisheries. As the owner/operator of a commercial lobster and groundfish vessel, Ray reorganized his business and vessel design to accommodate summer bluefin tuna and winter groundfish fishing. Ray is an active member in several fishing organizations, including the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Fishermen's Partnership and Board of Directors of the General Category Tuna Association. Ray also is an outreach spokesperson and fisheries advocate for the Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fishermen’s Association. 

Edward Nasser. Ed is the Owner and President of International C Food in New Bedford . He has worked for over 35 years in the fishing industry in various capacities, acquiring significant experience and expertise in seafood marketing. Ed brings his first-hand knowledge of the New Bedford area to the MFC and a desire to balance local environmental and conservation issues with a viable commercial fishing industry.  

John Pappalardo. John is the Chief Executive Officer for the Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fishermen’s Association and a former member and Chair of the New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC). John is a certified charter boat captain and a commercial hook fisherman. He has served on the NEFMC’s Law Enforcement Advisory Panel and the Mid-Atlantic Council’s Dogfish Advisory Committee as well as the Division’s Striped Bass Advisory Panel.  

J. Randy Sigler. Randy grew up fishing recreationally off the shores of Marblehead and currently runs Sigler’s Guide Service providing fishing trips, lessons, retail tackle sales and children’s fishing camps for recreational anglers. Randy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resources Studies from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst and currently teaches Environmental Studies at a public school in Marblehead. Randy also remains active as a commercial fisherman and seafood dealer.


Marine Fisheries Commission Meetings

The 10 most recent or upcoming meetings are listed; for older records or more information, please contact Jared Silva, Regulations Coordinator at (617) 626-1534 or jared.silva@state.ma.us.