BOSTON -- Just in time for the summer fishing season, Department of Fish and Game (DFG) Commissioner Mary Griffin today announced that the MassFishHunt licensing system is now mobile-friendly, making the purchase and display of recreational fishing licenses and permits easy for users of mobile devices such as iPhone and Android smartphones.

"This promises to be a great convenience for Massachusetts recreational anglers, who can now purchase and display their fishing license using their smartphone instead of carrying a hard copy," said Commissioner Griffin. "Outdoor sporting may be a timeless hobby, but these modern updates offer convenience and ease for every angler."

The initial phase of the mobile device optimization project gives MassFishHunt customers the ability to easily use smartphones to purchase and display recreational saltwater fishing permits, freshwater fishing licenses and trapping licenses. Hunting and sporting licenses are not available for purchase using mobile devices at this time, but will be later in 2014.

A new electronic signature will allow customers to download freshwater fishing and trapping licenses and saltwater fishing permits to their mobile devices without having to print and sign the documents. For all license purchases, mobile customers must provide valid email addresses to which MassFishHunt will send confirmation email messages with licenses and receipts attached.

Mobile optimization of MassFishHunt was cooperatively developed by DFG's Division of Fisheries & Wildlife (DFW), Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) and the department's licensing services contractor Active Outdoors. For questions or for help using MassFishHunt, please contact the Active Outdoors Help Desk at 1-888-773-8450 or email mahfwebmaster@als-xtn.com.

Fishing and hunting license revenues support various program efforts at DFW and DMF. Saltwater permit sales support DMF fisheries research, management, and public access projects for anglers. Freshwater fishing license purchases support DFW freshwater fish and wildlife management programs, conservation of fishing and hunting areas, outdoor skills and education programs, as well as rare and endangered species endeavors.

To purchase Massachusetts fishing and hunting licenses and permits online, go to the MassFishHunt website at http://www.mass.gov/massfishhunt.

The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is responsible for promoting the conservation and enjoyment of the Commonwealth's natural resources. DFG carries out this mission through land protection and wildlife habitat management, management of inland and marine fish and wildlife species, and ecological restoration of fresh water, salt water, and terrestrial habitats. DFG promotes enjoyment of the Massachusetts environment through outdoor skills workshops, fishing festivals and other educational programs, and by enhancing access to the Commonwealth's rivers, lakes, and coastal waters.