Massachusetts Adds Commercial Striped Bass Fishing Day

DMF to Make In-Season Adjustments to 2020 Commercial Striped Bass, Black Sea Bass and Summer Flounder Limits

Marine Fisheries Advisory Commission (MFAC) approved several recommendations made by the Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) to make in-season adjustments to 2020 commercial fishing limits for striped bass, black sea bass, and summer flounder (see Declaration). These actions were taken in response to fishery performance and quota utilization so far in 2020, with consideration of market impacts resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and are described in detail in the bullets below.

  • Striped Bass. DMF is adding Tuesdays as an opening commercial fishing day beginning on September 1, 2020. This will increase the number of fishing days per week from two days (Mondays and Wednesdays) to three days (Mondays – Wednesdays). This action also accommodates commercial fishermen who seek to conduct their fishing activity over consecutive days to take advantage of night fishing opportunities that may otherwise be limited by having non-consecutive open fishing days.
  • Black Sea Bass. DMF is making several in-season adjustments to the 2020 commercial black sea bass limits. Beginning, August 31, 2020 Mondays and Wednesdays will be added as open commercial fishing days for the commercial pot and hook and line fisheries. With these additional commercial fishing days, these gear types will be able to fish for black sea bass five days per week (Sundays – Thursdays). Then, effective October 2, 2020, Fridays and Saturdays will be added as open fishing days for the commercial pot and hook and line fisheries, allowing commercial fishing seven-days per week. Additionally, effective Sunday, August 30, DMF is increasing the daily trip limit for both pot and hook and line fishermen by 25%. For pot fishermen the trip limit is increasing from 400 pounds to 500 pounds and for hook and line fishermen the trip limit is increasing from 200 pounds to 250 pounds.
  • Summer Flounder. DMF is making several in-season adjustments to the 2020 commercial summer flounder limits. Effective August 23, 2020, the commercial summer flounder trip limit for trawlers is increased from 400 pounds to 600 pounds. Vessels participating in the Period II Summer Flounder Pilot Program will be subsequently allowed to possess and land 1,200 pounds taken over a two-day trip and amended Letters of Authorization will be issued to participating vessels. Then effective October 4, 2020, the commercial summer flounder trip limit is being increased to 1,000 pounds for all gear types and the closed fishing days (Fridays and Saturdays) will be eliminating allowing commercial fishing seven days per week.

Information regarding the August 20 MFAC business meeting may be found on the MFAC’s webpage. The background documents relevant to these actions are available online. Note that for striped bass, the final action differs slightly from the action recommended in the memorandum, as DMF initially recommended adding Tuesdays and Thursdays as open fishing days, but revised this recommendation based on feedback from the MFAC.
For more information about the management of marine fisheries in Massachusetts, contact DMF at 617-626-1520 or visit

21 on “Massachusetts Adds Commercial Striped Bass Fishing Day

  1. LOU


  2. Joe Petner – Age 75

    Oh, I guess these folks didn’t get the memo on the charge of the Division of Marine Fisheries to “serve the recreational and commercial fishing industry, as well as other interested parties, through research, management, and permitting.” The recreational step children are to seen but not heard. The bias is very clear despite the rhetoric to serve BOTH the recreational and commercial fishing interests (industry). How about moving the Black Sea Bass season through September 30th. How about increasing the COD limit to 5 fish for the recreational in Cape Cod Bay. Your restrictions are pointless and it is almost laughable that your publication this year featured an article with maps showing where to fish for haddock and where not to fish for COD. I use to think you didn’t get it, now I am convinced you do get it but JUST DON’T GIVE A………… Lou got it right, you are a bunch of bums just going through the motions of “fact-ation without representation”.

  3. Andy

    Another worthless gov agency. Have some intestinal fortitude for once and tell the commercial gang to pack sand.

  4. C.C

    yes ,striped bass numbers are let’s add another day for commercial fisherman to harvest more fish. .. absolutely idiotic

    1. Dan

      I wrote these morons when they first presented it They are so far up the commercial butt they don’t see the future is with the people not their ancient base. Time to organize and get rid of the old guard lets start at the top and get a few of them fired. Defund the Marine fisheries and start over.

    2. Striper King

      I agree with your assessment, I have caught two Stripers this year. 39″ and 41″, i was happy to put them back , i was happy just catching them, but the add more days of commercial fishing is in fact IDIOTIC!

  5. F.U. DMF

    DMF: Striped bass are overfished. Let’s just kill more breeder stock to decimate the fishery even more since large fish are hard to find these days! We will let fishery collapse before we get serious.

    Nice job also to OTW for doing nothing to help sustain the fishery.

  6. R Berwind

    You ignored science and undermined the striped bass population. Nice.

  7. Kaarl Waalewyn

    This new bit of idiocracy prooves that someone’s pockets are being lined by the commercial interests. What can possibly be the justification for increased pressure to fish for the existing quota that can not be met because no one can catch them? Could the numbers be down? Jeezes Christ!

  8. Bad News

    WAH WAH WAH bunch of crybabies. Recreational Fisherman kill more striped bass every day. Pay attention to the data and you will be appalled. Commercial guys get a quota…let em fill it. Boo Hoo

  9. Jim

    When the stripers are gone will the commercial guys whine?
    Is striper the hot new fish at the market now???
    Donkey move by the state

  10. Tyler H

    Rec fishing pulls at least 2x more if not more at an estimated 1 to 2 million pounds of striped bass anually but I guess that’s nothing compared to 746 THOUSAND pounds that the commercial fishery Is allowed. If they even catch that amount, last year was only like 400,000 somthing pounds caught. Do the research people. Also most of the very involved conservation volunteers are in the commercial industry. So what would happen if they all stopped, hmmm I wonder? Let’s just all get along, like really why does there always have to be a divide in everything? Let’s make recreational have to weigh and log what they got if kept then a monthly report submitted of said kept & weighed fish. Then give them the same limit as commercial or even just go with the low estimate of 1 million pounds. Once hit it’s catch an release ONLY. Sounds good and fair.

    1. JeffC

      Well, I guess they wouldn’t publish my first response… I’ve fished the Merrimack river for 30 years and seen fish populations grow and now shrink. You said “estimated” recreational take. Hmm, fish finders don’t lie. The fish aren’t there. I don’t see boats catching allot neither the guys on the jetties, nor on my expensive fish finder. So where did they all go? The seals eat them all? I doubt that. Been this way for quite a few years. I agree with your suggestion about limits, except everyone stop fishing when it’s hit. The fish need a break. For me though, I’m moving on to where the fish are managed correctly. It appears MA favors commercial fisherman with this rediculous rule. I wonder what’s going to happen when the hotel, restaruants, and bait and tackle stores I patronized go out of business? Whose fault will that be?

  11. Alex


    I am new to striper fishing and love it, It is amazing that recreational fisherman will pull 2 million pounds of fish a season WOW. Is this all along the coast from Chesapeake to Maine?

    I agree with one of the posts above and we recreational fisherman could do a better job at handling those fish that are to be released like not tossing them on the rocks or decks of boats, hanging their whole body weight off their jaws, keeping them out of the water way longer than necessary for the sake of the hero shot, lip tearing treble hooks etc…those practices don’t do anybody a favor cause poorly treaded healthy specimens are bound to go belly up like that.

    I don’t know much about the matter of industrial fisheries Indeed, but when I think about the issue here from the mere “FOOD
    CHAIN” perspective I will think that 2 million pounds if harvested all along the Striper Bass range will make more equitable sense than concentrating the harvest in the hands of a few?
    I feel for the suffering businesses and that is any business that obviously has taken a huge effort and investment from whoever ventured into it(I have a small bix myself and it stinks right now) but at the same time there are only so many resources to go around and the more people that have access to them the better I will think?

    Some Salmon fisheries use the quota approach, once it has capped then is catch an release only…fair enough;)

  12. Jeffrey Colburn

    Well I’ve been fishing the mouth of the Merrimack for 30 years. I’ve seen it go from no fish, to a few, to numerous. Now were back to a few. 5 years ago I’d catch keepers on the outgoing tide in a few hours of fishing. Last time I was out I caught two schoolies around 23″ (yes on a circle hook). I’m not coming back for quite awhile, if ever. Tell the tackle and bait stores sorry, no money from me. Oh, the hotel were I stayed, sorry. The restaruants I ate at, sorry. I’m going somewhere the fish are managed responsibly. Not every state has agencies with their heads up their ars… I just read the last post from Tyler H, obviously a commercial fisherman. My question to him is this, where did the fish go then? I don’t see the other boats catching them or the guys on the jetty catching them? Did the damn seals eat them all?? Been this way for quite a few years now. I do agree with the suggestion of the overall limit hits a certain value, we ALL stop completely… They need a break again. I live to fish, but I’ll hang my pole up before destroying the stock.

  13. Van

    You have to account warmer weather and water temps for change. The fish have moved on into deeper waters. Get a boat and you will see.

  14. joel

    wheres the outrage when the pogie boats get extra quota? filled over 100% and still fishing. no bait no fish!

  15. Vince

    Quota is under because the usual participants are collecting state and federal unemployment funds. Mass should strip those recreamercial fishermen licenses who did not participate this year.

  16. Luis Javier Rodriguez

    Ridiculous that’s why I hate to put if stripper back just so a comercial guy can catch it and make money on it . Shame .

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