Sport Fish Restoration Funding
The Recreational Fishery Programs of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries are supported with funding from the USFWS Sport Fish Restoration Program – a “user-pays, user-benefits” program where anglers and boaters provide vital financial support for state fisheries management, boating access, and other related programs. For more information on the Sport Fish Restoration Program, visit the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
Four artificial reefs are housed within Massachusetts waters. There is interest in developing more reefs for the purposes of recreational fishing and coastal protection.
A study of the marine resources of Salem Sound was conducted by MarineFisheries staff in 1997. The study focused on water quality and fishery resources.
Since 1987, Marine Fisheries biologists have harnessed the efforts of tournament fishermen to learn about the species and size composition, basic biology, and relative abundance of big game fishes off our coast.
Unlike many fish that can be aged from readily obtainable scales from either live or dead specimens, tautog possess very few readable scales and are therefore aged by reading annual marks found on their cheek bones.
As the coastal and open ocean waters of New England warm in May and June, many species of fish migrate north from their southern wintering grounds - among them the sharks. While most people don't think of Massachusetts when they think of sharks, that doesn't stop the migration of no fewer than a dozen shark species in and out of New England waters annually.
With the growing interest in catch and release, especially for large pelagic species like tunas, sharks, and marlins, MarineFisheries biologists have been studying the effects of the "fight".
This investigation provides MarineFisheries with baseline data on fishery characteristics, interacts with fishery constituents and participate in the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) management processes for bluefin tuna.
Without a doubt, striped bass are the backbone of our recreational industry and provide enjoyment to hundreds of thousands of recreational anglers each year. Accordingly, we give this important resource a high level of attention by conducting many special investigations and monitoring programs designed to support the regional planning process.
The eLogbook is MarineFisheries’ electronic recreational angler logbook. It does two jobs in one! Volunteer recreational anglers record their daily fishing log into the database through an online connection. These anglers can look through their logs by tables and colorful graphs, making it an easy way to keep track of personal fishing efforts.
Since 1981 recreational fisheries catch and harvest data has been collected along the United States Atlantic Coast through the Marine Recreational Fisheries Statistics Survey (MRFSS), administered at the coastal level by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).
The monitoring component of this project documented temporal and spatial characteristics of smelt spawning runs along Massachusetts Bay during 1988-1995. Biological parameters of smelt populations and water chemistry data were also recorded. The project has since focused on resource restoration and diagnosis of causal factors influencing smelt population reductions.