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Massachusetts Striped Bass Conservation License Plate

The Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) and the Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET) developed this plate to support new programs to research, protect, and preserve striped bass populations, ensuring that future generations of anglers have the opportunity to experience the unmatched thrill of fishing for this iconic species.

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About the Striper Plate

The Striped Bass Conservation (SC) license plate is part of the MET environmental license plates series of specialty plates created exclusively for the benefit of the environment. The Trust commissioned Cape Cod artist Janet Biondi to create the custom image for the plate that depicts a striped bass in pursuit of alewives, one of its favorite forage species.

How to apply for a Striper Plate

To purchase your Striped Bass specialty plate, visit the Registry of Motor Vehicles for instructions on how to order a specialty plate online or in person.

  • The initial registration fee for your new plate is: $60
  • The special plate fee is: $40 ($28 is tax-deductible; $12 is to manufacture the plate)
  • Total first-time cost of your Environmental Specialty Plates: $100
  • Renewal Fee: $100 every two years ($40 is tax-deductible)

Additional registration information

  • Registrations must be renewed every two years.  
  • A normal passenger plate costs $60 every two years. A specialty passenger plate, such as the Striped Bass Conservation plate, costs $100 every two years.
  • This means the plate buyers contribution to the cause is $40 every two years.  
  • In addition, there is one-time $20 plate transfer fee if you are turning in one plate for another.
  • Specialty plates are only available for passenger vehicles.

How license plate funds will be used

Proceeds from the purchase of Striped Bass Conservation plates will be administered by MET. The MET will depend on the expertise of a select panel to establish priorities and recommend projects for funding. Eligible projects must support the fund’s goal to protect and conserve striped bass populations through research and other activities that benefit striped bass and their forage.

The Grant Advisory Panel listed below will provide expert oversight to the Striped Bass Conservation Grant Program.

  • Alison Bowden, Director of Conservation Science and Strategy, The Nature Conservancy
  • John Pappalardo, Chief Executive Officer, Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance
  • Kevin Creighton, Chief Fiscal Officer, Massachusetts Division Marine Fisheries
  • Dr. Adrian Jordaan, Associate Professor of Fish Population Ecology and Conservation, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Dr. Michael Armstrong, Deputy Director, Massachusetts Division Marine Fisheries
  • Kalil Bogdan, Massachusetts Marine Fisheries Advisory Commission
  • Kim Tilas, Director, Massachusetts Environmental Trust
  • Michael Pierdinock, Board of Directors Member, Stellwagen Bank Charter Boat Association

Learn more about the roles and expertise of the Grant Advisory Panel.


For more information please contact the Division of Marine Fisheries at marine.fish@mass.gov.

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Contact   for Massachusetts Striped Bass Conservation License Plate


(617) 626-1181


Massachusetts Environmental Trust, EEA
100 Cambridge Street, 9th Floor, Boston, MA 02114

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