Massachusetts saltwater fishing permits for 2014 are now available for purchase.
Anglers can obtain them (1) online and print at home, (2) at a local tackle shop, or (3) at permit offices. Permits can also be given as gifts.
Massachusetts has permit reciprocity with neighboring coastal states, so anglers with a Massachusetts recreational angling permit can also fish in New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Connecticut waters.
No permit is required for:
- Fishermen under 16 years of age.
- Fishermen fishing on permitted for-hire vessels.
- Fishermen who regardless of their age, otherwise meet the definition of a disabled person.
Anglers 60 and older must obtain a permit, but the permit is free for these individuals (although a small fee will be charged by the vendor to process the permit through the internet).
The 2014 permits go into effect January 1, 2014.
For more information, or to purchase your 2014 recreational angling permit, visit Mass.Gov