Understanding Massachusetts Commercial Fishing Licenses Your Guide to the Open Sea
Looking to start commercial fishing in Massachusetts? Here’s what you need to know about obtaining a commercial fishing license. First, you must meet certain age and education requirements, and pass a state-approved fisheries education course. Personnel on your commercial fishing vessel must also have a commercial fishing license, with each individual holding a separate license for a specific type of fishing. You must comply with state fishing regulations and report your catches to the Bureau of Marine Resources. Having a commercial fishing license in Massachusetts allows you to catch and sell a wide variety of fish and shellfish, but comes with the responsibility to adhere to seafood management practices.