Administration is responsible for the Division’s fiscal functions, permitting, grants management, capital assets, diver training, outreach efforts, and seafood marketing. The program develops, analyzes, and manages the Division’s financial planning and resource allocation activities including budget submissions to the Legislature.
Boating Infrastructure Grant
The Massachusetts Boating Infrastructure Grant (MassBIG) Program, begun in 2001, is a two‐tiered federal grant program, directed through the USFWS and administered by MarineFisheries. The MassBIG Program is funded by the Sport Fish Restoration Fund which in turn is funded by a small percentage of the Federal Gasoline Tax—an amount which represents fuel purchased by boaters across the nation. BIG is designed to provide grants to upgrade or install facilities for transient recreational boats 26 feet or more in length at public or partnered private facilities.
Clean Vessel Act
MarineFisheries administers the Clean Vessel Act (MassCVA) Program to ensure that adequate, convenient pumpout facilities are provided to meet the needs of recreational boaters using Massachusetts coastal waters. This is achieved by providing funding for a combination of new infrastructure and operation and maintenance costs for program operators. Responsibilities include the identification of appropriate sites for additional pumpout equipment, making technical assistance and information readily available to boaters and others in need of information regarding the MassCVA Program, and agency coordination with public and private parties.
The MarineFisheries Outreach Project is aimed at establishing a more consistent connection with the Massachusetts saltwater fishing community and general public. This project coordinates youth and family fishing clinics, assists with events, and designs and manages information for the web and as handouts.
Seafood Marketing began in late 2015 to increase the public’s knowledge about the health benefits of consuming seafood, educate the public on fisheries management, create name recognition for the Commonwealth’s seafood products, stabilize market prices, and develop a coordinated marketing strategy.