Protecting Maine's Working Waterfronts

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Coastlines 2003: Focus on Shipping. Massachusetts has a system of "designated port facilities" that provides extensive governmental support for working harbors. This special edition of the Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management Office's annual magazine focuses on port and harbor development.

Maine Harbor Master's Manual. This notebook contains relevant statutory and technical information for harbor masters concerning harbor management, mooring placement, etc. For a copy or more information, please contact the Maine Harbor Masters Association at 207-781-7317.

Preserving Commercial Fishing Access: A Study of Working Waterfronts in 25 Maine Communities. This report, prepared by Coastal Enterprises, Inc., offers towns guidance in their work to support continued commercial fishing access, illustrating the variety of tools being used. Available online or by calling 207-624-6222.

Paths and Piers: A Study of Commercial Fishing Access in Downeast Maine Coastal Communities. This companion study to the one above was completed by the Sunrise County Economic Council for the Maine Coastal Program. For more information contact Chris Spruce (207-255-0983 or

The Right Tack: Charting Your Harbor's Future. This Maine Coastal Program guidebook explains how to establish harbor committees, write effective harbor ordinances, and protect prime sites for water-dependent uses. Portions of the book are outdated, but it remains a useful guide for improving harbor management. Contact MCP (207-624-6222) for a copy.

The Waterfront Construction Handbook: Guidelines for the Design and Construction of Waterfront Facilities. This guide, published by the Maine Coastal Program in 1997, provides the technical information needed to design and construction methods environmentally sensitive piers, wharves, bulkheads, seawalls, ramps, gangways, floats, and related landslide facilities. It is intended as a reference book for municipal officials, private waterfront landowners, and others who need information about waterfront design, construction, and related permitting. Contact MCP at 207-624-6222 for a copy.

Working Waterfront/Inter-Island News, published monthly by the Island Institute in Rockland, is available free in coastal communities or by contacting the Institute at 594-9209 (

Contribution of Working Waterfronts to the Maine Economy. In this report economist Charles Colgan explores the economic impact of Maine’s working waterfront activities, showing that protecting our working waterfront is smart economic development. Colgan compares the economic contribution of coastal residential construction and working waterfront activities, finding that the working waterfront contributes anywhere from $15 million to $168 million more per year to our gross state product than does coastal residential construction.

Organizations and Agencies

Grow Smart Maine -- This new nonprofit organization is dedicated to finding thoughtful alternatives to sprawl (the rapid, unplanned spread of commercial and residential development that is afflicting many Maine communities). It compiles information on successes and strategies from around Maine and the nation.
81 Bridge Street
Yarmouth, ME 04096
ph: 207-847-9275 ext. 2

Island Institute -- The Institute seeks to support Maine's year-round island and remote coastal communities; to conserve Maine's island and marine biodiversity for future generations; to develop model solutions that balance the needs of the coast's cultural and natural communities; and to provide information to assist competing interests in arriving at constructive solutions.
386 Main Street
P.O. Box 648
Rockland, ME 04841
ph: 207-594-9209

Maine Aquaculture Association -- MAA seeks to promote aquaculture, promote programs that preserve access for marine-dependent uses (particularly food production); and to provide information concerning technical advances to its constituents.
P.O. Box 148
Hallowell, ME 04347
ph: 207-622-0136

Maine Aquaculture Innovation Center -- MAIC promotes applied aquaculture research, assists in the formulation of policies favorable to industry growth, serves as a clearinghouse for aquaculture information and a liaison for government agencies, private foundations, academic institutions, environmental organizations, aquafarms and the general public.
5757 Corbett Hall, Room 438
Orono, ME 04469-5717
ph: 207-581-2263

Maine Association of Sea Kayak Guides and Instructors -- MASKGI is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising professional standards for those guiding and teaching sea kayaking on the Maine Coast.

Maine Center for Economic Policy -- The Center is an independent, nonpartisan research organization that seeks to advance public policy solutions that create a prosperous, fair and sustainable economy.
P.O. Box 437
Augusta, Maine 04332-0437
ph: 207-622-7381

Maine Department of Marine Resources -- DMR seeks to conserve and develop marine and estuarine resources; promote and develop coastal fishing industries; and administer and enforce the regulations needed to protect marine resources.
21 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0021
ph: 207-624-6550

Maine Harbormasters Association -- The association promotes training of harbormasters and encourages effective and uniform harbor management.
John Dalton, President
271 Falmouth Road
Falmouth, ME 04105
ph: 207-781-7317

Maine Land Trust Network -- MLTN coordinates communications among Maine's 90-plus land conservation organizations, providing technical information, disseminating news, and providing a forum for addressing conservation issues. The MLTN web site has a complete list of local and regional land trusts, many of which work to conserve shorefront lands in their communities.
c/o MCHT
One Main Street, Suite 201
Topsham, ME 04086
ph: 207-729-7366

Maine Lobster Pound Association, Inc. -- The Association works with other representative organizations to promote the lobster industry from the point of view of pound keepers.
HCR 77, Box 445
Hancock, ME 04640

Maine Lobstermen's Association -- The MLA works to protect the lobster resource, and the associated traditions and way of life. Founded on the principles of unity and cooperation, the MLA was formed by lobstermen to empower Maine's lobster industry by speaking with a united voice.
1 High Street, Suite 5
Kennebunk, Maine 04043
ph: 207-985-4544

Maine Marine Trades Association -- The marine-related businesses in the association (such as boat yards, boatbuilders, marinas, sailmakers, yacht brokers and marine product wholesalers) seek to promote and protect Maine's marine businesses and its marine environment.
P.O. Box 3551
Portland, ME 04104-3551
ph: 207-773-8725

Maine Sea Grant Program/Marine Extension Team -- The University of Maine Sea Grant Program and Marine Extension Team work to assist coastal communities by providing scientific information and educational outreach. They are engaged in a wide variety of projects - from enhancing community development to water-quality monitoring. For more information, you can visit their web sites at or call 207-581-1434.

Maine State Planning Office Land Use Team -- The Land Use Team provides technical and financial assistance to municipalities, advises the legislature, coordinates with other state agencies, and, in general, advocates for sound land use planning. For more information, visit their web pages or call (207) 624-6222.

Maine Windjammer Association -- The Maine Windjammer Association includes fourteen traditional tall ships, ranging in size from 46 to 132 feet on deck, based in Rockland, Lockport and Camden. All of the vessels are privately owned and operated.

Regional Community Development Councils -- A listing of these councils, which supply economic development support to communities throughout Maine, is available from the web site or by contacting Mike Baran at the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (; 207-624-9816).

Regional Planning Councils -- Communities throughout Maine can obtain technical assistance, publications and other resources from their regional planning councils. For a current listing and contact information, please view the web page or contact the Land Use Team at the Maine State Planning Office by calling (207) 624-6222.

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