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Fisheries management advisory groups

Learn more about the Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) advisory groups. These groups aid DMF in the fisheries management process.

Links to groups

Marine Fisheries Advisory Commission

  • This group focuses on the recreational and commercial fishing interests of the Commonwealth.

Shellfish Advisory Panel

  • This group works to improve the shellfish fishing industry and community in Massachusetts.

Marine Recreational Fisheries Development Panel

  • This group advises DMF on the administration and distribution of money towards recreational saltwater fishing improvement programs.

Seafood Marketing Steering Committee

  • This group focuses on increasing consumer awareness and preference for local seafood products.

Marine Fisheries Institute

  • This is a collaborative research venture between the Division of Marine Fisheries and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth School for Marine Science and Technology.

Large Whale Seasonal Trap Gear Closure Task Force

  • The Task Force's purpose is to study the economic impacts of the Large Whale Seasonal Trap Gear Closure on the state's commercial lobster fishery. 
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