Artificial Reef - eRegulations

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DIVISION OF MARINE FISHERIES D E PA R T M E N T O F F I S H A N D G A M E

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Contents NEW Artificial Reef | 13

Species Profile | 10

Lobster Gear | 34

Best Handling Practices | 9

Welcome Letter......................................................... 2 General Information............................................... 4 Reward for Tagged Fish.......................................... 5 Common Rigs and Knots....................................... 6 2017 Saltwater Fishing Permit............................... 7 Best Handling Practices.......................................... 9 Species Profile......................................................... 10 Marine Fisheries Access Properties.................... 12 New Artificial Reef................................................ 13 Fishing Regulations............................................... 16

On the Cover: A large male black sea bass caught on a bright chartreuse jig will make some charter customer very happy. Photo by Capt. Mel True www.captainmeltrue.com

State Fish Records.................................................. 17 How to Measure Your Catch................................ 17 Massachusetts Saltwater Fishing Derby........... 18 Saltwater Fish Availability Calendar................. 20 Commonly Caught Species.................................. 21 Access Sites.............................................................. 25 Map of Massachusetts Lobstering and Crabbing..................................... 31 Bait & Tackle Shop Directory.............................. 38 Charter & Head Boat Directory........................... 41

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Put down those electronic devices; leave the web for a while; get fishing! Commonwealth of Massachusetts

After about one year as MarineFisheries’ Director I’ve come to appreciate the great importance and impressive value of marine recreational fisheries found here in our Bay State. Whether from shore, a boat, or a for-hire charter or headboat vessel—targeting striped bass, cod, haddock, flounders, tautog, black sea bass, fluke, scup or bluefish, just to name a few—you’re guaranteed to have a terrific experience on the water. These fisheries are supported by vital shore-side bait and tackle services and boat providers. Many men, women, and children captivated by the wonders of the deep and shallows are these fisheries’ critical core.

Charles D. Baker Governor Karen E. Polito Lieutenant Governor Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs David E. Pierce, Ph.D.

Director I’ve also come to understand how our Marine Recreational Fisheries Development Panel’s advice and guidance have kept us focused on how best to spend saltwater fishing permit fees for improving angler access and opportunities. For example, in the spring of 2016 these funds he