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Harbor and Waterfront Committee
Steve Rowe, Secretary
George Lee Bradley
Jim Hays, Harbormaster
Mark Wallace, Selectman
Organizing Mackerel Cove Moorings
Developing a Harbor Management Plan for Harpswell
Harbor Classification Map
Harbormaster web pages
HARBOR MANAGEMENT A Legal Guide for Harbormasters and Coastal Officials
is a revised version of the Guide for Harbor Management, Bulletin 648
(University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service), written by William
Prosser. Changes in the law governing harbormasters’ responsibilities have
necessitated updating the original guide, which has become a valued
reference among Maine’s harbormasters.
The University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service provides educational
and organizational assistance to harbormasters. The Maine Harbor Masters
Association, organized in 1986 with Extension’s help, provides an
opportunity for harbormasters to discuss common concerns and exchange ideas.
No longer do harbormasters in some 143 coastal, island and tidal communities
need to be isolated. Harbor Management: A Legal Guide for Harbormasters and
Coastal Officials is designed to be a ready reference for newly appointed or
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The Gulf of
Maine KnowledgeBase provides easy access to information about the Gulf of
Maine and its watershed in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, New
Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. The KnowledgeBase is a directory of technical
reports, journal articles, fact sheets, maps, Web sites, and other
information sources for science, policy, education, and management.
CREAM AND SUGAR FOR THE LOCAL BREW? TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS TO SUPPORT
The brew of
local solutions comes in many flavors and strengths in Maine’s coastal
communities and the Maine Coastal Program is there to provide the cream and
sugar to lighten the brew (load) and sweeten the taste (task).
All too often, local issues can simmer away until the brew is dark and
bitter. This can be the case with resolving land use conflicts, reaching a
decision on a new harbor use, preserving working waterfronts, providing
public access to the shore, supporting resource management like shellfish
programs, and addressing other resource management issues.
In a home rule state like Maine, with a distributed CZ program that relies
on the administration and implementation of core environmental and land use
planning laws to achieve the State’s coastal policy, many of the tough
coastal development issues and problems come from the bottom up, from the
Working Waterfront Initiative
waterfronts cover a mere 25 miles along Maine's 5,300-mile coastline yet
they supply the lifeblood of many coastal communities, enriching the
regional economy and sustaining cherished cultural traditions. A diverse
array of businesses--including seafood harvesters and processors, freight
and fuel companies, boat builders and ship chandleries, ferries, cruise
boats, kayak outfitters, and marinas--all depend upon access to the water
and shorefront infrastructure to flourish.
Working waterfronts provide a link between land and sea that is critical to
sustaining a diverse and thriving coastal economy. Commercial fishing and
marine trades in Maine contribute more than $800 million annually to the
state's economy and employ about 30,000 people, giving fishermen and others
both a livelihood and a valued way of life.