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.

Thursday, August 24, 2017
Location: DFW Westborough Field HQ, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA (10:30AM)

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 
Location: DFW Westborough Field HQ, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA (10:30AM)

Thursday, November 2, 2017
Location: DFW Westborough Field HQ, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA (10:30AM)

Thursday, December 14, 2017
Location: DFW Westborough Field HQ, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA (10:30AM)

Raymond W. Kane, Jr. (Chair) of Chatham has four 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 blue-fin tuna and winter groundfish fishing. Ray is an active member in several fishing organizations, including the Executive Committee of the Massachusetts Fishermen’s Partnership and. Ray also is an outreach spokesman for the Cape Cod Commercial Fisherman’s Alliance.

Arthur (Sooky) Sawyer of Gloucester is a commercial fisherman and current president of the Massachusetts Lobstermen's Association, based in Scituate. Sooky has over four decades of commercial fishing experience in both the lobster trap fishery and the groundfish fishery. He is the owner and operator of an active fishing vessel that operates from the port of Gloucester. Sooky also serves as an industry representative on the federal Large Whale Take Reduction Team.

Michael Pierdinock (Clerk) of Plymouth is a USCG Captain and the owner/operator of the charter boat “Perseverance” for 12 years. As a charter boat captain, he targets cod, haddock and pollock; striped bass, tuna, and sharks; as well as fluke, scup and black sea bass. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Stellwagen Bank Charter Boat Association and actively participates in fishery management matters that impact recreational anglers and the for-hire industry.

Kalil Boghdan of Hamilton has a Ph.D. from Northeastern University in Biology and spent over 30 years as a high school biology teacher, science department chair, and middle school principal in the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District. Additionally, he owns and operates a sportfishing charter operation Downriver Charters and holds a US Coast Guard Masters License.

William Doyle of Plymouth holds a degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Organizational Management and Marketing and has been in the seafood industry since 1980. Previous roles include the Chief Administrator of the New England Fisheries Steering Committee, M.F. Foley Co., establishing and managing a new processing division of John Nagle Co., and serving as a consultant for Galleon Seafood. He has been involved with shellfish aquaculture as a co-owner of Plymouth Rock Oyster Growers and a wholesale dealer of shellfish.

Charles Quinn of South Dartmouth owns and manages five scallop vessels and a scallop gear fabrication business. He began fishing for scallops as a teenager and has previously crewed on a scallop vessel and captained his own vessel. He has been involved in the commercial fishing industry for more than 40 years.

Gus Sanfilippo of Gloucester is a commercial fisherman. He formerly owned an 80 foot trawler and remains active in his family’s commercial fishing business. He has also worked in the construction industry and as a sales representative selling tug boats and barges.

Andrew Walsh of Stoughton is a commercial fisherman who participates in multiple state and federal mobile gear fisheries within the Commonwealth targeting groundfish, scallops, summer flounder and squid. He worked as a crew member for a Boston-based fishing company before becoming a captain in 2007.

Louis Williams of Salem holds an Associate’s Degree in Commercial Fisheries and Marine Technologies and has owned and operated a commercial fishing business for close to 40 years fishing with a variety of gears for groundfish, scallops, and lobster. Williams has previously served as a member of both the New England Groundfish Advisory Committee and the Northeast Seafood Coalition.