Marine Fisheries Advisory Commission (MFAC)

Marine Fisheries Advisory Commission

The Massachusetts Marine Fisheries Advisory Commission (MFAC) represents recreational and commercial fishing interests from various parts of the Massachusetts coast. Proposed regulatory changes affecting the management of marine fisheries are approved or disapproved by a majority vote of the MFAC.

Who we serve

The MFAC serves the recreational and commercial fishermen across the Commonwealth by working with the Division of Marine Fisheries to ensure sustainable resources for all. The group's nine members are qualified in the field of marine fisheries by training and experience. The Governor appoints Commissioners to terms of up to three years. The MFAC holds monthly meetings.

October 3, 2017 meeting summary

November 1, 2017 meeting advisory

View past MFAC meeting documents

For more information on the Marine Fisheries Advisory Commission, please contact Jared Silva at (617) 626-1534 or jared.silva@state.ma.us.

The following is a list of Commission members:

Raymond W. Kane, Jr. (Chair) of Chatham has four decades of experience in marine operations and fisheries. He is the owner/operator of a commercial lobster and groundfish vessel. Ray is an active member in several fishing organizations, including the Executive Committee of the Massachusetts Fishermen’s Partnership. Ray is also the outreach spokesman for the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance.

Michael Pierdinock (Vice Chair) of Plymouth is a USCG-certified Captain and the owner of the charter boat “Perseverance". Mike serves on the Board of Directors of the Stellwagen Bank Charter Boat Association. He participates in fishery management matters that impact recreational anglers and the for-hire industry.

William Doyle (Clerk) of Plymouth has been in the seafood industry since 1980 and has extensive experience in seafood processing and marketing. He is currently involved with shellfish aquaculture as a co-owner of Plymouth Rock Oyster Growers and as a wholesale dealer of shellfish. Bill is also a member of the Shellfish Advisory Panel and serves as a liaison between the two groups. He holds a degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Organizational Management and Marketing.Previous roles include:

Arthur Sawyer of Gloucester is a commercial fisherman and current president of the Massachusetts Lobstermen's Association. Sooky has over four decades of commercial fishing experience in both the lobster trap fishery and the groundfish fishery. He is the owner and operator of an active fishing vessel that operates from the port of Gloucester. "Sooky" also serves as an industry representative on the federal Large Whale Take Reduction Team.

Kalil Boghdan of Hamilton has a Ph.D. from Northeastern University in Biology. He spent over 30 years as a high science department chair and middle school principal in the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District. Kalil owns and operates a sportfishing charter operation, Downriver Charters. He also holds a US Coast Guard Masters License.

Charles Quinn of South Dartmouth owns and manages five scallop vessels and a scallop gear fabrication business. He previously crewed on a scallop vessel and captained his own vessel. He has been involved in the commercial fishing industry for more than 40 years.

Gus Sanfilippo of Gloucester is a commercial fisherman. He owned an 80-foot trawler and remains active in his family’s commercial fishing business. He has also worked as a sales representative selling tug boats and barges.

Andrew Walsh of Stoughton is a commercial fisherman who participates in many state and federal mobile gear fisheries within the Commonwealth. He worked as a crew member for a Boston-based fishing company before becoming a captain in 2007.

Louis Williams of Salem holds an Associate’s Degree in Commercial Fisheries and Marine Technologies. He has owned and operated a commercial fishing business for close to 40 years. Lou has previously served as a member of both the New England Groundfish Advisory Committee and the Northeast Seafood Coalition.

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