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Local fisheries are managed by multiple levels of government. Read on to learn about the Division of Marine Fisheries' involvement in the fisheries management process.
The Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) develops and implements marine fisheries regulations in the Commonwealth. We've established the following management policies to clarify certain regulations.
You can learn about the recreational saltwater fishing regulations by looking at the documents below. Updated as of August 22, 2018. These regulations apply to state-waters only.
You can learn about the regulations that govern commercial finfish fishing in the documents attached below. Regulations tables were updated on April 10, 2018.
You can learn about the regulations that govern commercial lobster & crab fishing in the information below. Regulations table was updated on September 20, 2017.
You can learn about the regulations that govern commercial shellfish & sea urchin fishing in the information below. Regulations tables were updated on September 20, 2017.
Find out about the Conservation Engineering Project and how we improve fishing equipment. See links to reports on fishing gear research.

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