Proposed amendments to Division of Marine Fisheries regulations

The following is a list of notices, by date of publication, for proposed Division of Marine Fisheries regulations. Click on the links below to view the hearing notices and proposed regulations.

All persons interested in submitting comments on the proposed regulations may do so in writing by the date indicated in the notice. Refer to the full notice for the mailing address for submitting comments. All comments received by the date indicated in the notice will be reviewed and considered.

Upcoming Public Hearings and Comment Periods

November 1 and November 3, 2022

DMF will host two virtual public hearings on proposed regulations affecting commercial and recreational fisheries management. The first hearing is scheduled for November 1, 2022 at 6PM and will address mackerel fishing and permitting; a recreational tautog slot limit and trophy fish allowance; a prohibition on shortfin mako retention; and groundfish maximum retention. The second hearing is scheduled for November 3, 2022 at 6PM and will address electronic tracking form commercial lobster and Jonah crab trap fisheries; protected species regulatory amendments; mobile gear fishing seasons in Area 1A; and the whelk gauge size increase schedule. For more details, please view the information linked below. 

You may register for the  November 3, 2022 public hearing here. The November 1, 2022 public hearing was recorded and uploaded to DMF's YouTube Channel. DMF will accept written public comment on all proposals through 5PM on Friday, November 11, 2022.Submit written comments to Director Daniel McKiernan by e-mail ( or post (251 Causeway Street, Suite 400, Boston, MA 02114); emailing comments is preferred. 

November 1 Public Hearing


November 3 Public Hearing


Additional Documents Describing Public Hearing Proposals

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