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What’s Changed for 2019 with Marine Fisheries Statutes

Phil Coates

Retired Director Of Mass DMF

As we descend into the depths of winter, I’m sure many of you are reflecting on last year’s fishing, and wondering what 2019 has in store for us.  

The inevitable issue of enforcement of marine fisheries statutes and regulations, given the recent extensive poaching that’s gone on in recent years, is an issue of concern to many of My Fishing Cape Cod's members.  

I thought it appropriate (in case you haven’t heard) to summarize the recent changes, as well as review the other enforcement tools available to regulators and enforcers.  

Although this update hopefully covers most of the bases, those who wish to learn more information are urged to visit the Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) website.

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The Environmental Affairs Bond Bill | How It Could Affect Striper Poachers

Phil Coates
Retired former director of the state Division of Marine Fisheries

Hello My Fishing Cape Cod! As I write this article, it is another lovely spring morning here on the Cape. With active stocking by the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, plus warming waters, my son Jeff reported that trout fishing is improving - but I've yet to wet a line, due to a number of distracting projects to deal with.

One of the most important of those is doing what I can to promote a joint DMF/Environmental Police project to increase the fines and penalties for marine fisheries violations, like poaching at the Cape Cod Canal. 

The two agencies labored long and hard to come up with an acceptable package in 2016 and submitted it to the Commissioner of the Dept of Fish and Game for further review, and then from there it went to the Baker Administration for final review and action.

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