State Info- MA

MASSACHUSETTS COMMERCIAL FISHERY STATUS, REGULATIONS & ELECTED OFFICIALS

COMMERCIAL FISHERY –

 

HOOK & LINE ONLY

 QUOTA 869,813 lbs. 2016  (Harvested 938,224) 107.9%

NO. OF COMMERCIAL PERMIT HOLDERS – 3908 (approximate)

34″ MINIMUM LENGTH

 

RECREATIONAL REGULATIONS –2016 

1 FISH 28” MINIMUM LENGTH

 

AS ALWAYS, CONSULT YOUR CURRENT LOCAL REGULATION

 

 

CURRENT ACTIONS:

HD 245- now called H796 – since it has been assigned to committee, a bill to make striped bass a game fish in Massachusetts was introduced to the MA legislature in January of 2009.  Attached you will find a copy of the bill as well as a list of the objective Stripers Forever hopes to achieve with this legislation.

 

Stripers Forever urges all of our Massachusetts members to go http://www.mass.gov/legis/, find your representative, and send them an e-mail today in your own words that asks them to support H796 to make striped bass a game fish in Massachusetts.

 

Stripers Forever has hired a top lobbying firm to help us pass this important conservation bill.  We are currently scheduling meetings with legislators in different areas of the state.  If you would like to become more involved with this process please contact us at stripers@whatifnet.com.

 

Attached you will also find the illustration for a presentation by MA Policy Coordinator Craig Caldwell that shows the following:

 

– How small the commercial striped bass fishery is relative to other        commercial fishing in MA.

– How important striped bass are to the recreational fishery in MA.

– The number of recreational participants compared to commercial          ones.

– The number of commercial permit holders, than those that          claimed to have fished at all, that had any landings at all, and      that had landings of any magnitude.

 

On side two we show – even though it is already more than two years old, and doesn’t reflect the true current situation – the decline in the spawning stock biomass of large stripers, and the increase in fishing mortality levels as measured by the Atlantic States Marine Fishery Commission.

 

Please do not hesitate to e-mail us at stripers@whatifnet.com with any questions that you might have.

 

 

US SENATORS:

Edward Markey (D – MA) Class II

255 DIRKSON SENATE OFFICE BUILDING

WASHINGTON DC 20510

Phone : (202) 224-2742

Web Form: www.markey.senate.gov/contact

 

Elizabeth Warren (D – MA) Class I

317  HART SENATE OFFICE BLDG

WASHINGTON DC 20510

Phone: (202) 224-4543

Web Form: www.warren.senate.gov/?p=email_senator

 

 

CONGRESSMEN:

A note about email to members of the House is in order. Many Congressman and Congresswomen will not accept email from anyone who is not a constituent. Their own websites, (they all have them), will usually direct you to a House of Representatives email system which will send the message only if the sender’s zip code falls into the Congressman’s district. That is not to say that the Congressmen do not have other email addresses, because they do. We have included all email addresses that we are aware of.  You can also visit the House of Representatives contact page to find your representatives.

 

 

 

Congressman Michael E. Capuano  (D)

1414 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, DC  20515

Phone: (202) 225-5111

Fax: (202) 225-9322

Web Form: http://www.house.gov/capuano/contact/email.shtml

 

Congresswoman  Katherine Clark  (D)

1415 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, DC  20515

Phone:  202-225-2836

Contact:  https://katherineclark.house.gov/contact/email-me

 

Congressman Bill Keating  (D)

2351 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

Phone: (202) 225-3111

Fax: (202) 225-5658

Webform:  https://keating.house.gov/contact

 

Congressman Joseph Kennedy  (D)

434 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515-2104

Phone: (202) 225-5931

Fax: (202) 225-0182

Web Form: https://kennedy.house.gov/contact/email-me

 

Congressman Stephen F. Lynch  (D)

2268 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

Phone: 202-225-8273

Fax: 202-225-3984

Web Form: https://lynch.house.gov/contact-me/email-me

 

Congressman  James P. McGovern  (D)

438 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, DC  20515

Phone:  202-225-6101

Fax:  202-226-5759

Web Form: http://jimmcgovern.house.gov/contact/

 

Congressman Seth Moulton  (D)

1408 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

Phone: (202) 225-8020

Fax: (202) 225-5915

Contact: https://moulton.house.gov/contact/email

 

Congressman Richard E. Neal  (D)

341 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Phone: (202) 225-5601

Fax: (202) 225-8112

Web Form: https://forms.house.gov/neal/webforms/Contact_Form.shtml

 

Congresswoman Niki Tsongas  (D)

1714 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

Phone: (202) 225-3411

Fax: (202) 226-0771

Web Form: https://tsongas.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=117&sectiontree=116,117

 

 

STATE OFFICIALS:

Here is a link that will make it easy to find your Representative or Senator http://www.malegislature.gov/People/FindMyLegislator

 

 

Governor Charlie Baker   (R)

Office of the Governor

State House, Room 360

Boston, Mass  02133

Phone: 617-725-4005

Fax: 617-727-9725

Web Form:  http://www.mass.gov/governor/constituent-services/contact-governor-office/

 

Matthew Beaton

Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

100 Cambridge Street, Suite 900

Boston, MA 02114

Phone: 617- 626-1000

Fax:  617- 626-1181

Email:  env.internet@state.ma.us

 

David E. Pierce

Director, Division of Marine Fisheries

251 Causeway Street, Suite 400

Boston, Mass  02114-2152

Phone: (617) 626-1532

Fax: (617) 626-1509

Email:  david.pierce@state.ma.us

 

 

Members of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Council  (ASMFC)

 

David Pierce – DMF                                     

Email: david.pierce@state.ma.us

Rep Sarah Peake – Legislative Member

Email: Sarah.Peake@mahouse.gov

Raymond Kane – Governor’s Appointee

Email:  ray@capecodfishermen.org

 

 

STATE SENATE LEADERSHIP:

Stanley C. Rosenberg (D)

Senate President

State House, Room 332

Boston, MA  02133

Phone: 617-722-1500

Email:  Stan.Rosenberg@masenate.gov 

 

Mark Pacheco  (D)

Senate President Pro Tempore

State House, Room 111

Boston, MA 02133

Phone: (617) 722-1420

Fax (617) 722-1062

Email:  Mark.Pacheco@masenate.gov

 

Harriette L. Chandler  (D)

Senate Majority Leader

State House, Room 333

Boston, MA 02133

Phone: (617) 722-1544

Fax: (617) 722-1357

Email: Harriette.Chandler@masenate.gov

 

Cynthia S. Creem  (D)

Assistant Senate Majority Leader

State House, Room 312A

Boston, MA 02133

Phone: (617) 722-1639

Email:  Cynthia.Creem@masenate.gov

 

 

Mark Montigny  (D)

Assistant Senate Majority Leader

State House,  Room 407

Boston MA 02133

Phone (617) 722-1440

Email: Mark.Montigny@masenate.gov

 

 

 

Bruce Tarr  (R)

Senate Minority Leader

State House, Room 308

Boston, MA 02133

Phone: (617) 722-1600

Fax: (617) 722-1310

Email: Bruce.Tarr@masenate.gov

 

 

Richard Ross  (R)

Senate Assistant Minority Leader

State House, Room 520

Boston MA 02133

Phone (617) 722-1555

Email: Richard.Ross@masenate.gov

 

Donald Humason Jr    (R)

Senate Minority Whip

State House, Room 213A

Boston, MA 02133

Phone: (617) 722-1415

Email: Donald.Humason@masenate.gov

 

STATE House of Representatives LEADERSHIP:

 

Robert DeLeo (D)

Speaker of the House

State House, Room 356

Boston, MA 02133

Phone:  (617) 722-2500

Fax (617) 722-2008

Email:  Robert.DeLeo@mahouse.gov

 

 

Ronald Mariano  (D)

House Majority Leader

State House, Room 343

Boston, MA 02133

Phone:  (617) 722-2300

Fax (617) 722-2750

Email: Ronald.Mariano@mahouse.gov

 

Byron Rushing  (D)

House Majority Whip

State House, Room 234

Boston, MA 02133

Phone:  (617) 722-2783

Email:  KathiAnne.Reinstein@mahouse.gov

 

Patricia Haddad  (D)

House Speaker Pro Tem

State House, Room 370

Boston, MA 02133

Phone:  (617) 722-2600

Fax (617) 722-2881

Email:  Patricia.Haddad@mahouse.gov

 

Bradley Jones  (R)

House Minority Leader

State House, Room 124

Boston, MA 02133

Phone:  (617) 722-2100

Fax (617) 722-2390

Email:  Bradley.Jones@mahouse.gov

 

 

Bradford Hill  (R)

House Assistant Minority Leader

State House, Room 128

Boston, MA 02133

Phone:  (617) 722-2100

Fax (617) 722-2390

Email:  Brad.Hill@mahouse.gov

 

Elizabeth Poirier  (R)

House Second Assistant Minority Leader

State House, Room 124

Boston, MA 02133

Phone:  (617) 722-2100

Fax (617) 722-2390

Email:  Elizabeth.Poirier@mahouse.gov

 

CONTACT INFO

Stripers Forever
PO Box 2781
South Portland, ME 04116-2781
stripers@stripersforever.org

ABOUT US

Welcome to the official web site for Stripers Forever, an all-volunteer organization dedicated to making the striped bass a gamefish. By eliminating commercial exploitation of the #1 recreational saltwater fishery on the east coast, over 3,000,000 recreational anglers will enjoy the social and financial benefits that will come from an improved striped bass population.

MISSION STATEMENT

Stripers Forever advocates for the conservation and responsible stewardship of wild striped bass along the Atlantic Coast.

Stripers Forever, a non-profit, internet-based conservation organization, seeks game fish status for wild striped bass on the Atlantic Coast in order to significantly reduce striper mortality, to provide optimum and sustainable public fishing opportunities for anglers from Maine to North Carolina, and to secure the greatest socio-economic value possible from the fishery.

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