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  • 08/11/23: Maine_Waterfronts.pdf
    supporting and enhancing Maine’s working waterfront. through policy, planning, investment and education. Maine Working Waterfront Coalition ...

  • 08/11/05: Maine's Disappearing Working Waterfront
    Good nine minute video on the working waterfront

  • Working Waterfront
    "The Working Waterfront" is a monthly newspaper published both online and in print format. It is a newspaper that provides information and stories about people who work along coastal Maine - whatever their occupation may be. If you are interested in a part of coastal Maine that some tourists don't see then this newspaper is for you. A small blurb taken from the newspapers website follows below. If you are interested in learning more about coastal Maine then visit the website of the "The Working Waterfront".

  • 6/15/08: Maine Coastal Program Download Center
    Listed below is a catalog of all publications and documents that are available digitally. We're continually adding files, so please check back often

  • 6/15/08: Mapping Maine’s Working Waterfront
    Beginning in the summer of 2005, the Island Institute and its partners embarked on a community-based mapping project to quantify the working-waterfront resources for Maine’s 142 coastal towns. The goal of this research effort is to create a new tool in the form of a statewide Working Waterfront Access Map to facilitate dialogue between two historically divided coastal constituencies: the conservation community and the commercial fishing community. This report discusses the challenges and successes of this effort, the community participation process, project findings and how this research fits within the growing waterfront access protection toolkit in the state of Maine. Issues such as defining
    working-waterfront access, setting protocols for public data access and the sustainability of mapping research are topics that this project addresses. It outlines a model methodology to explore the potential for this community-based mapping effort to remain current, and to learn whether it has applications in other working-waterfront states.

  • 6/15/08: Tracking Commercial Fishing Access: A Survey of Harbormasters in 25 Maine Coastal Communities
    Traditional water-dependent users are feeling the pinch. Historically, Maine’s coastline has served and supported a range of human needs from industrial and commercial to residential and recreational activities, from bulk cargo and fishing to houses and parks. Commercial fishing and recreational traffic are all vying for increasingly expensive waterfront parcels. Basic questions about who can afford to live and work along Maine’s coast are being raised.
    In 2002 the Maine State Planning Office issued the first baseline survey of the status of Maine’s working waterfront. Using a sample of 25 coastal communities, the study revealed that:

  • 6/15/08: HARBOR MANAGEMENT: A Legal Guide for Harbormasters and Coastal Officials
    This handbook 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 experienced harbormasters.

  • 6/15/08: Gulf of Maine Council Knowledgebase Search
    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.

  • 8/30/06 Marine Law Institute Home Page
    The Marine Law Institute is the research and public service component of the Ocean and Coastal Law Program and is the only law school-affiliated marine policy research program in the Northeast. MLI has dedicated its program of legal and policy research to the analysis of ocean and coastal resource issues for the express purpose of improving management practices and public understanding.


  • 4/26/2006 Development Proposal Raises Flags in Bremen
    If fishermen and residents along Bremen’s Hockomock Channel have anything to say about it, proposed marine landings and a 40-acre subdivision across the channel on Bremen Long Island would be stopped before a traditional way of life is uprooted
    “We don’t want this to be the next Boothbay Harbor,” said Medomak Road resident Melanee Osier-Gilbert, who has helped organize residents who want to preserve traditional uses of the waterfront along this relatively unspoiled section of coast.

Harbor Committees

    • Plan the development and establish policy for the harbors.
    • Resolve conflicts that may arise as a result of the Harbor Ordinance regarding the use of the harbors and their facilities.
    • Recommend rules and regulations for use of the harbors.
    • Recommend mooring and wharf fees to cover the cost of registration, harbor and wharf management.
    • Recommend individuals to the Board of Selectmen for the position of Harbor Master.
    • Review the activities of the Harbor Master.
    • Approve the Harbor Master's assignment of mooring locations.


    • 40 hours a week
    • overseeing the mooring fields
    • Boat launches. public access points
    • managing commercial fishing pier
    • developing docking space
    • staff expert on developing projects
    • Planning for future or harbor planning
    • aquaculture permitting and the siting process
    • dealing with moorings, grants, dredging and navigation issues.
    • balance private use of shoreline areas with public demands for greater coastal access

    • Harbormasters are required to perform work in the coastal zone and on coastal waters which are subject to a wide assortment of federal rules, regulations and policies.

    • enforcing boating safety regulations.

    • responsible for local coastal management.

    • towing, mooring regulations, emergency response, hazard mitigation, and law enforcement.

Working Waterfront

Bay Management

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