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You can learn about the recreational saltwater fishing regulations by looking at the documents below. Updated as of August 10, 2017. These regulations apply to state-waters only.
Each year, the Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) releases the Massachusetts Saltwater Recreational Fishing Guide. Find out what’s in this year’s guide and where to pick one up below.
Learn techniques to avoid accidentally hurting or killing fish.
Providing and maintaining public access to Massachusetts’ marine waters is one of our top priorities. This page will inform you of our public access projects and how to find a public access site.
The Saltwater Angler Education Program was created to engage the public in saltwater fishing in Massachusetts. Our mission is to teach responsible fishing in an enthusiastic environment and create avid anglers.
Are you interested in getting your recreational lobster permit, but don't know where to start? Watch these tutorial videos for all the need to know info.
Looking to find out more about a particular marine creature? Click on one of the links below.
Looking to volunteer to help conservation efforts? This program accepts volunteer anglers to collect data of selected fish species.
Learn more about the Sport Fish Restoration Program and how the program funds important agencies throughout the country.
This dedicated fund supports several Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) projects in Massachusetts. Learn more about how the Marine Recreational Fisheries Development Fund is utilized.
Want to set a new record for saltwater game fish in Massachusetts? Check out the current leaders as of July 20, 2016.
The Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) develops, manages, and monitors artificial reef deployments in state waters.
Use the map below to find head boat locations throughout the state.
Use the map below to find the tackle shop nearest to you.
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