For Immediate Release - January 04, 2011

Massachusetts 2011 Fishing and Hunting Licenses for Sale Online

Department of Fish and Game launches new online licensing system

BOSTON - January 4, 2011 - Department of Fish and Game (DFG) Commissioner Mary Griffin today reminded visitors and residents that hunting and fishing licenses for the 2011 season are now available through a new system designed to make online purchases more convenient.

Commissioner Griffin announced the launch of a new online licensing system for fishing and hunting licenses and permits - including the new recreational saltwater fishing permit. The system, known as MassFishHunt, allows hunters and anglers to order and print licenses online for use on the same day they place an order. In addition, the new system will enable the nine DFG field offices across the state to issue licenses electronically beginning in January 2011.

MassFishHunt will process licenses for inland fishing, hunting, and trapping and permits for recreational saltwater fishing and lobstering. Prior to this new system, hunters and anglers could order licenses online but most hunters would have to wait to receive their license in the mail before hunting.

"We are very happy to offer this state-of-the-art service to the constituents who support our conservation and management efforts by purchasing fishing, hunting, and sporting licenses," said Commissioner Griffin. "This new system provides outdoor sports enthusiasts with multiple, convenient options to purchase these licenses and will provide DFG with valuable wildlife management data in the future."

Electronic licensing will become available in phases during 2011 at participating locations across the state, including town halls, bait and tackle shops, and retail stores. Traditional paper licenses are available at department offices and vendors until the electronic system is established.

"The switch from paper license sales to an entirely electronic system will vastly improve the accounting, record keeping, and efficiency of our licensing system," said Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Director Wayne MacCallum. "The system will also enable people buying a license online to print and use their license immediately."

As of January 1, recreational saltwater anglers are required to purchase a Massachusetts saltwater fishing permit. The permit, which costs $10 for residents and non-residents, was established earlier this year in response to a federal mandate. Anglers who are under 16 years old, who are disabled, or who fish on charter fishing vessels are not required to purchase a permit. Anglers over the age of 60 are required to get a permit but are exempt from the fee.

"We are pleased to have the 2011 recreational saltwater fishing permit available to our constituents via the MassFishHunt system," said Division of Marine Fisheries Director Paul Diodati. "This new program will ensure improved recreational fishing programs and new fishing access opportunities for anglers all along the Massachusetts coastline."

To improve the quality of data used to estimate the effects of recreational fishing on ocean resources and the nation's economy, Congress included a provision in the 2006 reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act requiring all recreational saltwater anglers become registered permit holders. The license fees are designated for fishing access projects and fisheries research.

Licenses purchased at nine DFG offices in Ayer, Belchertown, Boston, Bourne, Dalton, Gloucester, New Bedford, Westborough, and West Boylston will have to pay with cash or check but will not be charged a convenience fee.

For information about vendors that sell hunting or inland fishing licenses, visit http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/licensing/license-agent-map.html.

For assistance using MassFishHunt or questions about payments, please call
1-888-773-8450 or email mahfwebmaster@als-xtn.com .

Saltwater fishing license information

To purchase a license online, visit www.mass.gov/MassFishHunt.

For more information about the new recreational salt water fishing permit, visit

http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/dmf/recreational-fishing/recreational-saltwater-permits.html.

Inland fishing and hunting information

To purchase a license online, visit www.mass.gov/MassFishHunt.

For MassWildlife office contact information, visit

http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/about/contact-us.html.

The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is responsible for promoting the conservation and enjoyment of the Commonwealth's natural resources. DFG carries out this mission through land protection and wildlife habitat management, management of inland and marine fish and wildlife species, and ecological restoration of fresh water, salt water, and terrestrial habitats. DFG promotes enjoyment of the Massachusetts environment through outdoor skills workshops, fishing festivals and other educational programs, and by enhancing access to the Commonwealth's rivers, lakes, and coastal waters