Marine Recreational Fisheries Development Panel

This panel advises the Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) on the administration of recreational saltwater fishing programs funded by the sale of recreational saltwater fishing permits. By law, all fees collected from the sale of these permits are deposited into a fund for the dedicated purpose of improving recreational fisheries, including public access to saltwater fishing opportunities.

Who we serve

The Panel serves recreational saltwater anglers in the Commonwealth by providing input on how the Marine Recreational Fisheries Development Fund is spent. The Commissioner of the Department of Fish and Game appoints panel members for three-year terms. The Panel meets at least twice annually.

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For more information about the Marine Recreational Fisheries Development Panel, please contact Ben Gahagan at (978) 491-6233 or

The following is a list of Panel members:

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

Mike Moss of Sutton is a recreational outdoorsman and staunch protector of sportsmen’s interests. Since he was a teenager, he has been an involved and passionate member of various sportsmen’s organizations, some of which include the Massachusetts Sportsmen's Council, the Worcester County League of Sportsmen, and the Canal Sportsmen's Club.

In 2013, Mike received the Governor Francis W. Sargent Conservation Award for his contributions to the sporting community and conservation of the Commonwealth’s natural resources.

Patrick Paquette of Hyannis is a recreational fisheries advocate and community organizer. He has also worked as an outdoor writer and mate on head boats out of Gloucester. Patrick has had various leadership roles in groups such as the Massachusetts Striped Bass Association, the Recreational Fishing Alliance, and the Massachusetts Beach Buggy Association. He serves as an advisory panel member to multiple interstate and federal fisheries management bodies.

Michael Pierdinock of Plymouth is a USCG Captain and the owner/operator of the charter boat “Perseverance." He 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.

Kevin Blinkoff of Bourne is the Executive Editor for On The Water Media Group, managing and producing content for three leading Northeast-region recreational fishing magazines and related media. He is an avid angler, serves on several recreational fishing advisory boards, and holds a master’s degree in marine biology.

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