The Edgartown select board on Monday approved the dates for the 77th annual Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby, paving the way for another fall of fishing.

The derby kicks off just after midnight on Sunday, Sept. 11 and runs through Oct. 15. The awards ceremony will take place on Oct. 16. Weigh-ins will be conducted each morning from 8 to 10 a.m. and again in the evening from 7 to 9 p.m. on Dock street in Edgartown.

“It’s pretty much what we’ve done every year for the last, I don’t know, however many years,” selectwoman Margaret Serpa said.

Started in 1946, the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby attracts anglers from all over the world. Over the years the derby has grown into a staple of the shoulder season as residents come together to cast their lines and enjoy one another’s company.

The event is run by the volunteer Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass & Bluefish Derby Committee. Last year more than 3,000 fishermen registered and the derby raised $76,000 in scholarship money. For more information or to register, visit

In other business Monday, the select board authorized the promotion of Alex Guest from traffic officer to full-time police officer.

“I think he would make a terrific addition to the department,” Edgartown police chief Bruce McNamee said.

A lifelong resident of Edgartown, Mr. Guest has in the past worked with the Edgartown fire department as a call firefighter and since 2014 has worked for the police department on a part-time basis, Chief McNamee said. Mr. Guest graduated from the police academy last month and has completed the town’s field training program.

“I want to thank the chief and the board for this opportunity and I’m very excited to be working with such a great team,” Mr. Guest said.

The board also approved a request from the Kelley House to change its manager of record from Evan Bailey to MarcAnthony Crimi.

The hotel –- which is currently closed due to a major renovation project –- is owned by the Boston-based private equity firm Blue Flag Partners and operated by Life House, which manages hotels on Nantucket and in Florida. Mr. Crimi takes over for Mr. Bailey, who recently left Life House.