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Apply for a commercial fishing permit

Download the commercial fishing permit application, then mail it in or visit an office to process it.
Mail-in applications generally take 2-3 weeks to process.

Division of Marine Fisheries

Division of Marine Fisheries - Gloucester Office

Online

DMF Staff Directory View 

Division of Marine Fisheries - New Bedford Office

Online

DMF Staff Directory View 

The Details of Apply for a commercial fishing permit

How to apply Apply for a commercial fishing permit

To submit an application by mail, you must:

  • Print and fill out the application form
  • Print and fill out control notices and affidavits (only required for certain endorsements, see Commercial fishing permits page for more details)
  • Send form and check to: 

        Division of Marine Fisheries
        836 S. Rodney French Blvd. 
        New Bedford, MA 02744

or 

Division of Marine Fisheries
30 Emerson Avenue 
Gloucester, MA 01930

 

If you would prefer to submit in person, you may visit one of our 2 walk-in locations.

Gloucester:

30 Emerson Ave.
Gloucester, MA 01930

  • Hours: Monday-Friday (9 a.m-3 p.m.)
  • You can pay with a personal check or money order, no cash payments.

New Bedford:

SMAST East/Division of Marine Fisheries
836 South Rodney French Blvd.
New Bedford, MA 02744

  • Hours: Monday-Friday (9 a.m.-3 p.m.)
  • You can pay with a check or money order, no cash payments.

More info for Apply for a commercial fishing permit

If you're not sure if your transaction can be completed at a particular office, please contact our office at (617) 626-1520.

If you would like to apply for an aquaculture, master digger, or scientific permit, please visit our special permits page.

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Contact for Apply for a commercial fishing permit

Address
Gloucester Field Office
30 Emerson Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930
Online
DMF Staff Directory View 
Fax
(617) 727-3337
Address
836 S Rodney French Blvd, New Bedford, MA 02744
Online
DMF Staff Directory View 
Fax
(508) 990-0449

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