Are you interested in having a Striped Bass license plate?

Pre-applicants will be receiving their SC plate

this Spring. By fall of 2021, any Massachusetts

motorist will be able to obtain the

conservation-inspired Striped Bass Conservation

license plate directly through the RMV.

The Mass Environmental Trust (MET) and the Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) developed this plate to support new programs to research, protect, and preserve striped bass populations, ensuring that future generations of anglers have the opportunity to experience the unmatched thrill of fishing for this iconic species.

Pre-orders are no longer being accepted for the Striped Bass Conservation plate as we have reached the 750-minimum threshold. Thank you to everyone who helped us reach this milestone. We are also very grateful for your commitment and patience as we endured delays due to the pandemic.

As of March 11, 2021, the Striper plate is in the production phase and pre-applicants will get their plates SOON! As Covid restrictions are still in place, the RMV will contact applicants when your plates are ready with details on how the plate will be distributed.

By the fall of this year, all Massachusetts motorists will be able to obtain the Striped Bass Conservation license plate through the RMV. Thank you for making this possible!

On behalf of the Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET) and the Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF), we once again would like to thank you for your dedication and patience.

If you have further questions please contact Susan at Susan.Lanza@mass.gov or (617) 626-1068.

The RMV is processing pre-applications and continues to work on the production of the SC plate. Once ready, applicants will be contacted by the RMV with details on and instructed to go to their chosen RMV office to pick-up their pre-ordered license plates. The applicant’s $40 payment will be credited towards the purchase price of the new plate.

Once the RMV processes the applications and starts production of the plate we will send notices on how Massachusetts motorists will be able to obtain this conservation-inspired plate directly through the RMV.

Pre-order Applications: Expectations are that it will take an additional 6 to 8 months in 2020 to manufacture and distribute the plates to the RMV. Once ready, applicants will be contacted by the RMV and instructed to go to their chosen RMV office to pick-up their pre-ordered license plate. The applicant’s $40 payment will be credited towards the purchase price of the new plate.

The purpose of the plate is to help fund projects and activities for the conservation of saltwater fish, with a focus on striped bass, for ecosystem sustainability, habitat conservation, and angler education. Examples of projects include:

Studies of striped bass populations, stock structure, movements and local ecology
Studies of angler practices to improve hook-and-release release survival
Habitat improvements, including efforts to enhance diadromous fish (e.g. river herring, eels) passage for improved forage for striped bass
Development and distribution of materials and programs to educate anglers on the importance and means of improving the conservation of marine fisheries resources

The program will have unique expert oversite from:

Division of Marine Fisheries
Scientific experts knowledgeable about striped bass populations and ecology
Academic researchers
Massachusetts Environmental Trust
Recreational and commercial striped bass fisherman
Environmental and advocacy programs

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Massachusetts Environmental Trust | Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs | 100 Cambridge Street, Ste. 900 Boston, MA 02114 | env.trust@state.ma.us | www.mass.gov/eea/met