UPDATES: State Cancels Boat Ramp Event Permits

UPDATE from the Office of Fishing and Boating: June 8, 2020

Use of ramps for organized fishing tournaments, derbies or any other types of gathering are prohibited through June 29, 2020, unless such tournament or derby is remote/virtual and follows the guidance contained in the June 5, 2020 memorandum from the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. (https://www.mass.gov/doc/boating-various-other-marine-and-inland-waterway-related-activities-phase-ii/download).

The maximum number of virtual/remote tournament/derby participants at any Office of Fishing and Boating Access facility shall not exceed 10.

Bret Sherry, Civil Engineer
Department of Fish and Game
Office of Fishing and Boating Access

 

UPDATE: April 30, 2020

Due to the Governor’s recent extension of the stay-at-home order,  all Special Use Permits issued through May 18, 2020 have been cancelled.  In addition, no new permit applications will be processed through May 18, 2020.  Please be advised further cancellations and a postponement of processing of Special Use Permits may be required beyond the May 18, 2020 date.  Updates will be posted at the “News and Update” section on our website https://www.mass.gov/orgs/office-of-fishing-and-boating-access
Thank you for your cooperation and support as the Commonwealth works to address this public health issue.
Department of Fish and Game Office of Fishing and Boating Access
One Rabbit Hill Rd Westborough, MA 01581
Office Tel. 508-389-7814
Posted April 8, 2020
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The Manchaug Pond Foundation has received notice from the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game concerning use of the public boat ramp at Manchaug Pond: in short, the ramp will remain open but organized events are prohibited through May 4, 2020. Their notification is as follows:

Due to the developing Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, and in accordance with the Revised Guidance Extending the Order by the Governor Prohibiting Assemblages of More the 10 People and On-Premises Consumption of Food and Beverages, issued March 31, 2020, the use of Department of Fish and Game – Office of Fishing and Boating Access (OFBA) facilities remain open to the public for fishing and boating access.  Gatherings of 10 or more people in an unenclosed, outdoor space such as an OFBA boating and fishing access facility are permissible, but not advised. Individuals using such facilities must follow social distancing protocols by remaining at least six feet apart.
The continued use of these outdoor recreational sites requires strict compliance with social distancing protocols.  Violations are punishable in the following manner:
(a) the first offense shall result in a warning;
(b) the second offense may result in a civil citation and a fine up to $300; and
(c) further offenses which are repeated and willful may be subject to criminal penalties including a fine up to $500 or term of imprisonment or both.
In addition, out of an abundance of caution, the Special Use Permits issued by the Office of Fishing Boating Access through May 4, 2020 have been cancelled. Furthermore, no new permit applications will be processed through May 4, 2020.  Please be advised that further cancellations and a postponement of processing of Special Use Permits may be required beyond the May 4, 2020 date.  Updates will be posted at the “News and Update” section on our website https://www.mass.gov/orgs/office-of-fishing-and-boating-access.
These measures shall remain in effect through May 4, 2020 unless revised or further extended.
Thank you for your cooperation and support as the Commonwealth works to address this public health emergency.

Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game
Office of Fishing and Boating Access
One Rabbit Hill Rd Westborough, MA 01581
Office Tel. 508-389-7814 Office Fax 508-389-7890

 


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