Leadership and Structure

  • Governor of Massachusetts: Maura T. Healey.
  • Lieutenant Governor: Kimberley Driscoll.
  • Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs: Rebecca L. Tepper.
  • Commissioner of Fish and Game: Thomas K. O'Shea.
  • Director of Division of Marine Fisheries: Daniel J. McKiernan.

Advisory Bodies

  • Marine Fisheries Advisory Commission: Chaired by Raymond W. Kane Jr. (Chatham), includes members from various locations including Hamilton, Plymouth, Orleans, Tisbury, Gloucester, and Salem.
  • Marine Recreational Fisheries Development Panel: Kevin Blinkoff (Bourne) serves as Chairman, with members from Hamilton, Hyannis, Sutton, and Plymouth.

Division's Role

  • The Division, under the Department of Fish and Game, oversees the Commonwealth’s living marine resources.
  • Focus on commercial and recreational fisheries development through research, assistance, and data collection.
  • Staffed by biologists across state regions, collaborating with multiple management agencies and fishing communities.

Contact Information

Recreational Fisheries Program

  • Biologists:
    • South Shore Office (New Bedford, MA): John Boardman, covering South Shore/South Coast.
    • Annisquam River Marine Fisheries Station (Gloucester, MA): Matt Ayer, covering North Shore/Metro Boston.

Commitment to Non-Discrimination

  • Prohibits discrimination based on several criteria including race, gender, and disability.
  • Contact: Melixza G. Esenyie, ADA and Diversity Manager, for grievances or more information.

Law Enforcement

  • Environmental Police Officers enforce fish, game laws, and boating regulations.
  • Report Violations: Toll-Free Number - 1-800-632-8075.

Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries

Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries

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