The Department of Fish & Game works to preserve the state’s natural resources and people’s right to conservation of those resources, as protected by Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution.

To carry out this mission, the Department exercises responsibility over the Commonwealth’s marine and freshwater fisheries, wildlife species, plants, and natural communities, as well as the habitats that support them.


Division of Ecological Restoration

Training restoration staff

Through the Division of Ecological Restoration , the Department of Fish & Game works to restore and protect the health and integrity of the Commonwealth’s rivers, wetlands, and watersheds for the benefit of people, fish, and wildlife.

Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

Moose crossing road

The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW) is responsible for the conservation – including restoration, protection and management – of fish and wildlife resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the public.

The Division works to balance the needs of people and wildlife today so wildlife will be available for everyone’s enjoyment today and for future generations.

Office of Fishing and Boating Access

Boat Ramp

The Office of Fishing and Boating Access (FBA) provides boat and canoe access sites, shore fishing areas, and sport fishing piers at more than 250 locations on coastal waters, great ponds and rivers throughout Massachusetts.

The Department of Fish & Game, in conjunction with the Public Access Board, acquires property and easements for the purpose of providing access; and, through the FBA, designs, constructs, manages, and improves facilities statewide.

Division of Marine Fisheries

Striped Bass

Through the Division of Marine Fisheries , (DMF) the Department manages salt water fishing, including shell fishing and lobstering for recreation and commercial harvesting.

With 70 years of experience, the Division oversees policy which promotes sustainability while balancing the requirements of a complex coastal fishing industry.