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Massachusetts Striped Bass Conservation License Plate

The Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) and the MA Environmental Trust (MET) are developing 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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Overview

DMF and MET are collecting orders for the striped bass license plate. Once enough orders have been received (at least 750) the orders will be delivered to the Registry of Motor Vehicles and the printing of the plates will occur. 

How to apply

To apply for the Striped Bass Conservation license plate, you will need to complete the below form and return to the Division of Marine Fisheries with a $40 check. 

You will be contacted by the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) after the plates have been printed. You will be instructed to go to your chosen RMV office to purchase your new Striped Bass Conservation plate. Your $40 payment will be credited towards the purchase price of the new plate.

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How will license plate funds will be used

All proceeds from the purchase of Striped Bass Conservation plates will be administered by MET. They will depend on the expertise of a select panel to establish priorities and recommend projects for funding. This panel will include DMF's striped bass stock assessment scientists, an academic researcher, an environmental advocacy organization representative, a recreational fishing representative, and a commercial fishing representative.

Funds from the sale of this plate will be used to:

  • Study striped bass populations, stock structure, movements, and local ecology
  • Improve passageways for sea-run fish (e.g., river herring, eels), expanding forage food options for striped bass
  • Study angler practices to improve hook-and-release survival
  • Develop materials and programs to educate anglers about the importance of responsible angling strategies

Additional registration information

  • Registrations must be renewed every two years.  
  • A normal passenger plate costs $60 every two years. But 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.

Questions

For more information please contact the Division of Marine Fisheries at marine.fish@mass.gov or call Shannon Davis at (617) 626-1621.

Contact

Phone

Fax

(617) 626-1509

Address

251 Causeway Street
Suite 400
Boston, MA 02114
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