January 14, 2020 MarineFisheries Advisory | Striped Bass License Plates in Production! | DMF no longer accepting applications

Are you interested in having a Striped Bass license plate?

Striper Plate

After a 6-month campaign, orders for the new striped bass license plate have exceeded the 750-minimum threshold to enter production. Expectations are that it will take an additional 6 to 8 months to manufacture and distribute the plates to the Registry of Motor Vehicles (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.

At this time, no new applications are being accepted at DMF. Any that are sent will be returned. By fall of 2020, any Massachusetts motorist will be able to obtain this conservation-inspired plate directly through the RMV.

The Striped Bass Conservation Plate is the fourth sponsored by the MA Environmental Trust. Funds generated from its sale are dedicated to striped bass studies, fish passage improvement projects, and angler education. For more information, visit https://www.mass.gov/info-details/massachusetts-striped-bass-conservation-license-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
Striper under water

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