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Buy a Recreational Fishing License

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Renew your Recreational Fishing License

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Print your Recreational Fishing License

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Massachusetts Commercial Fishing Permits

All persons who land and sell finfish, shellfish, lobsters, edible crabs or other living marine resources in Massachusetts must have a commercial fishing permit from the Division of Marine Fisheries and must sell only to permitted Massachusetts dealers. Commercial permits may be endorsed for access to the many "regulated" fisheries. Regulated fisheries include most gear types (other than hook fishing), and species that are restricted by quota. For a complete list of regulated fisheries, see the endorsements section below. All commercial permits, except Rod & Reel and Seasonal lobster, may be endorsed for shellfish at no additional cost.

Recreational Saltwater Permits

Purchase or renew Massachusetts Recreational Saltwater Fishing, For-Hire, & Recreational Lobster Permits. 

Massachusetts Saltwater Recreational Fishing Guide

Each year, the Massachusetts Saltwater Recreational Fishing Guide provides you with basic information about the Commonwealth’s recreational fishing rules and opportunities.  Available at tackle shops throughout the state and at each of our offices (found here), this guide is updated annually to reflect the current regulations and hot topics in Massachusetts recreational angling.

Freshwater Fishing Information

Are you looking for a place to drop your line, set your tip-up, or cast a fly in freshwater? Do you need information about freshwater fishing licenses, regulations, or publications?