In a letter to Massachusetts for-hire fishing permit holders dated April 27, 2020, The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries announced the suspension of all for-hire fishing operations.
“On March 23, 2020, Governor Baker issued an emergency order closing certain businesses and advising citizens of the Commonwealth to limit activity outside of the home. This order was issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and remains in effect. Further guidance regarding boating and marine related activities was provided on April 27, 2020. This included prohibiting all for-hire boating operations while the current emergency order remains in effect. Consistent with this emergency order and subsequent guidance, the Division of Marine Fisheries is issuing you this Statement of Permit Conditions.
1. During the duration of Governor Baker’s stay at home advisory and essential services order, all for-hire fishing operations shall be suspended and it shall be unlawful for you to conduct any for-hire fishing activities.
2. This shall not restrict your ability to fish as a private recreational angler or conduct any commercial fishing activity for which you are permitted.”