MA Awards Funds for Boat Ramp Improvements in 2017

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has awarded $76,545 in grants for recreational saltwater fishing access projects in Beverly, Chatham, Manchester, Scituate, Fall River, and Truro. The grants were awarded through the Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) Public Access Small Grant Program, which uses revenue from the sale of recreational saltwater fishing permits to improve angler opportunity in Massachusetts’ marine waters.

The projects include:

  • Beverly: The Town was awarded $14,850 in order to improve access to shoreline fishing in Obear Park.  Improvements include removal of invasive plants, add informational signage, and clear pathways to water.
  • Chatham: The Town was awarded $4,000 for the installation of two fillet stations with wash down capabilities at Ryder’s Cove and Barn Hill Landing.
  • Fall River: The City of Fall River was awarded $15,000 in order to increase the number of floats at the state-run Bicentennial Park boat ramp.  This popular boat ramp is heavily used during summer months and the addition of floats will improve wait times for the launching and retrieval of vessels.
  • Manchester: The Town of Manchester was awarded $15,000 in order to install gangways and floats on their new launch facility.  These floats will segregate trailored and car top vessels, making launching and retrieval of watercraft more efficient and reducing user conflicts.
  • Scituate: The Town of Scituate was awarded $12,695 to replace aging and nonfunctional lighting at two launch facilities at the town boat ramp on Cole Parkway and at the state boat ramp on Jericho Road.  The old lights will be replaced with updated wiring and LED fixtures that use less electricity.
  • Truro: The Town of Truro was awarded $15,000 in order to expand the number of floats, install a wash down system, and install lighting at the state-run Pamet River boat ramp.

“These projects will help preserve fishing opportunities throughout the state’s coastline and the funds we are providing will complement work being done at the facilities by the cities and towns receiving the grants,” said DMF Director David Pierce. “We are excited to maintain this state-local partnership for the good of recreational anglers.”

DMF administers the Marine Recreational Fisheries Development Fund with the assistance of the Marine Recreational Fisheries Development Panel, a group of private stakeholders that advises DMF on recreational fishing projects and initiatives. Under the state law that established the recreational saltwater fishing permit, one-third of all license fees are dedicated to recreational saltwater fishing infrastructure projects in Massachusetts, ensuring better access to coastal fishing.