Governor Weld Intervenes in Move to Help Conserve Striped Bass Stocks
Mark Alan Lovewell

In a last minute effort, the Governor of Massachusetts yesterday intervened in a successful effort to convince the state marine fisheries commission to remain conservative in adopting striped bass management for the coming season.

In a three hour meeting, held in Weston, state officials after lengthy discussion adopted a uniform 34-inch minimum size for the catching of striped bass for both recreational and commercial fishermen. This represents a drop in two inches from last year's minimum.

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State Proposes Extending Commercial Fishing for Sea Bass, Striped Bass, Summer Flounder
Noah Asimow
After a slow start to the summer, the state Division of Marine Fisheries has proposed extensions to the commercial striped bass, black sea bass and summer flounder seasons, hoping to add additional fishing days and adjust catch limits for fishermen as fall approaches.
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Regulations on Recreational Fishing Mostly Set; Commercial Regulations Still in Flux
Will Sennott
On Thursday, officials from the state Division of Marine Fisheries division traveled to the Vineyard to hold a public hearing and announced that the regulations to the recreational fisheries were essentially set in stone.
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Vineyard Fishermen Warn of Ruin If Conch Rule Enacted
Louisa Hufstader

Martha’s Vineyard commercial fishermen let the state’s Division of Marine Fisheries know what they think of proposed rule updates and new regulations that would affect the Island fishing industry.

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State Shellfish Closure Extends to Vineyard
Julia Wells

A state-ordered shellfish closure due to toxic algae blooms was extended to Martha’s Vineyard late Sunday. All Island ponds and harbors are closed to shellfishing — except for bay scalloping.

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Rules Aimed at Protecting Striped Bass Will Hold
Alex Elvin

Aiming for more uniform management of striped bass fisheries along the Atlantic coast, the state Division of Marine Fisheries will not seek an alternative to new regulations approved last year by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.

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Concerns Over Small Mesh Trawling for Squid Surface at DMF Hearing
Alex Elvin
Commercial fishermen from on and off the Island provided comments on eight draft and emergency regulations proposed by the Division of Marine Fisheries at a recent meeting at the Katharine Cornell Theatre. The comment period runs through Jan. 23.
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Sustainable Fisheries
I was anticipating that they (the DMF) had recognized and acknowledged that there are some serious issues that need to be addressed in both the whelk and the striped bass fisheries.
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State Officials Discuss Proposed Regulations; Island Fishermen Have Their Say
Olivia Hull
On Tuesday, the state Division of Marine Fisheries held a public hearing in Vineyard Haven. Discussions centered around commercial fishing season length, reducing fishing days, bag limits, bass tagging systems, and stricter licensing rules for conch fishermen.
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Rules Tighten for Bass and Conch Fisheries
Mark Alan Lovewell
Changes under consideration by the Division of Marine Fisheries include an extended commercial season for striped bass, smaller daily limits and a rule barring charter fishermen from selling their catch commercially.
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