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Links to Boating and Marine Resources

  • Harbormaster Ticket Cheat Sheet
  • Transportation Worker Identification Credential - In this time of heightened security, all transportation workers need to become informed about the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC). You will need a TWIC to gain unescorted access to secure areas of Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) regulated facilities and vessels.
  • Vessel Documentation Search By Name - Access the United States Coast Guard's (USCG) vessel data base and extract vessel characteristic, documentation, and ownership data
  • - An extensive directory of marine related web sites - Boating, diving, fishing, gear, sailing, weather, and everything else! Site also has a learning center including flags, nautical glossary and much more.

Boating and Marine Regulations

Boating Safety

Boating Safety Courses

Boat, Fishing & Marine Shows

  • Commercial Marine Expo - Commercial Marine Expo is the Atlantic Seaboard's largest commercial marine trade show. Whether you are in the military, work the tugs, repair and build ships, or fish for a living, CME is your best opportunity to compare, price and purchase the latest equipment and gear. Our waterfront location at the State Pier in New Bedford, MA offers opportunities to see hundreds of exhibitors, ships and boats in the water.
  • New England Boat Show - The oldest, largest and most respected boating marketplace in the Northeast. The New England Boat Show is held annually at the new, state of the art, Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC).

Boston Resources

  • Boston Harbor Now - Port of Boston
  • Sail Boston - Since 1992, Sail Boston, Inc., a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, has hosted more than 300 international tall ships and vessels of interest to Boston and many Massachusetts coastal communities.
  • New England Aquarium - The New England Aquarium, which opened in 1969, is a global leader in ocean exploration and marine conservation. The Aquarium is one of the premier visitor attractions in Boston, with over 1.3 million visitors a year, and a major public education resource.


  • Bay Sails Marine - Manufacturer of the Alcar Environmental pumpout boat. Exlusive dealer for Alcar boats, the boat of choice for fishermen, harbormasters, and marina owners.
  • Boston Harbor Now - Two powerful advocates for Boston’s waterfront and islands — The Boston Harbor Association and the Boston Harbor Islands Alliance — have joined forces to become Boston Harbor Now. At the heart of our plan to “Navigate Our Future” is a bold vision to maximize recreational, cultural and social opportunities; promote an integrated water transportation system and to foster mixed economic development that will be a model for climate change resiliency. Working in collaboration with public and private partners, our mission is nothing less than to be the primary steward of the city’s next great social, economic and cultural public space.
  • Charles River Watershed Association - CRWA is a non-profit organization protecting the Charles River and its watershed since 1965.
  • Clean Vessel Act Program - Purpose: Provide pumpout and dump stations for boaters to dispose of human waste in an environmentally safe manner. Pumpout stations are used to pump waste out of recreational boat holding tanks. Dump stations are used to empty portable toilets
  • Clean Vessel Act - Pumpout in Massachusetts - Since the CVA program's inception, Massachusetts' harbors have put more pumpout boats in service than any other state. Site provides info about facilities in Massachusetts
  • EPA - Laws and Regulations - Laws, Regulations, Guidance & Dockets from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
  • MASS DEP - Wetlands and Waterways Publications
  • Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management - MCZM - The goal of the Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management Office (MCZM) is to protect the natural resources of the coast while promoting responsible economic development. Also Port and Harbor Planning in the Massachusetts Coastal Zone
  • Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection - This Web site is your gateway to information about the work MassDEP does to ensure clean air and water, the safe management of toxic and hazards, the recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, the timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills, and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources.
  • Massachusetts Riverways Program - The mission of the Riverways Program is to promote the restoration and protection of the ecological integrity of the Commonwealth's watersheds: rivers, streams and adjacent lands
  • Massachusetts Pumpout Facilities - Sewage released from boats contributes bacteria, nutrients, and chemicals to coastal waters. Pumpout facilities are available throughout Massachusetts so boaters can conveniently and properly dispose of their wastes.
  • MEPA HOME PAGE - Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act. The Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act - MEPA - requires that state agencies study the environmental consequences of their actions, including permitting and financial assistance. It also requires them to take all feasible measures to avoid, minimize, and mitigate damage to the environment.
  • MIT Sea Grant Center for Coastal Resources - The MIT Sea Grant Center for Coastal Resources (MITSG CCR) is committed to disseminating scientific and technical information to those who value the coast and its natural resources. This site highlights research, monitoring programs, and management actions in the areas of marine bioinvasive species, water and sediment quality, and habitats within the geographic areas of Boston Harbor and Massachusetts Bay, coastal Massachusetts and the Gulf of Maine.
  • Mystic River Watershed Association - MyRWA was founded thirty years ago with a mission to restore clean water in the Mystic River watershed, protect water and related natural resources, and establish relevant public information and education programs.
  • National Ocean Service Homepage - To be the Nation's principal advocate for coastal and ocean stewardship through partnerships at all levels
  • The Executive Office of Environmental Affairs - The state agency primarily responsible for protecting and conserving natural resources in Massachusetts.
  • The Trustees of Reservations - The nation's oldest private statewide conservation and preservation organization. Since 1891, we have protected over 33,000 acres of land in Massachusetts, including 83 public reservations representing many of the state's most scenic, ecologically rich, and historically important landscapes.
  • US Code Title 33 Section 1251 - Clean Water Act
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Home Page - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.


  • 648 Regs - Fisheries of the Northeastern United States - fishery regulations
  • American Lobster Fishery - Regulations pertaining to the lobster fishery. The American Lobster fishery occurs from Maine to Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. There are seven Lobster Conservation Management Areas (Areas), which are labeled as Area 1, Area 2, Area 3, Area 4, Area 5, Area 6, and Outer Cape Cod Area. The American lobster resource and fishery are cooperatively managed by the states and the National Marine Fisheries Service under the framework of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.
  • Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation Act - To provide for the conservation and management of the fisheries and for other purposes.
  • Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game - At the most fundamental level, the Department of Fish and Game works to preserve the state's natural resources and people's right to conservation of those resources, as protected by Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution. To carry out this mission, the Department exercises responsibility over the Commonwealth's marine and freshwater fisheries, wildlife species, plants, and natural communities, as well as the habitats that support them.
  • Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife - The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) is responsible for the conservation - including restoration, protection and management - of fish and wildlife resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the public.
  • Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries - The Division of Marine Fisheries is responsible for the protection and enhancement of the Commonwealth's marine fishery resources (fish, shellfish and crustacea) and for the promotion and regulation of commercial and sport fishing - includes Abstracts of the Fish & Wildlife Laws
  • Mass. DMF PSP (Red Tide) Monitoring Program - Red Tide, PSP, toxic phytoplankton; whatever name is given them from a list of over sixty marine biotoxins, they spell trouble wherever they occur. Throughout history, they have made their presence known in every ocean and sea on the planet.
  • Mass Lobstermen's Association - Whether you're a fishermen, a student, or just looking for a recipe, we're sure that you will find what you're looking for here.
  • M.G.L. - Chapter 130 - Table of Contents - General Laws of Massachusetts Pertaining to Marine Fish and Fisheries.
  • National Shellfisheries Association - An international organization of scientists, management officials and members of industry, all deeply concerned with the biology, ecology, production, economics and management of shellfish resources
  • NMFS-Greater Atlantic Region - National Marine Fisheries Service located in Gloucester, Massachusetts
  • NOAA National MarineFisheries - The National Marine Fisheries Service administers NOAA's programs which support the domestic and international conservation and management of living marine resources
  • Sustainable Fisheries Act - SFA amendments and changes to the Magnuson Act include numerous provisions requiring science, management, and conservation action by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
  • US Code Title 16 Chapter 38 - Fishery Conservation & Management
  • US Code Title 16 Chapter 53 - Control of Illegally Taken Fish and Wildlife

Local Magazines & Newspapers

Marine Resources

  • Boat Public Access Sites - The Commonwealth’s Office of Fishing and Boating Access (FBA) and its programs are the responsibility of the Department’s Director of Fishing and Boating Access and the Public Access Board. The FBA provides boat and canoe access sites at more than 250 locations on coastal waters, great ponds and rivers throughout Massachusetts.
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts Seaport Economic Council - a state government council created to advise the Governor about seaport development policy and coordinate all seaport development activities in the Commonwealth
  • - An extensive directory of marine related web sites - Boating, diving, fishing, gear, sailing, weather, and everything else! Site also has a learning center including flags, nautical glossary and much more.
  • Massachusetts Lighthouses
  • Massachusetts Nautical Links
  • Massachusetts Marine Trades Association - This organization will provide the framework for furthering the interests of the marine trades and the boating public through the promotion of boating, participation in legislation, and professional improvement programs. It is further hoped that the association will be the focal point for exchange of ideas concerning marine matters
  • Mass Bay Sailing Association - The Mass Bay Sailing Association is here to promote the sport of sailing through the efforts of volunteers and member organizations at all levels of the sport in Massachusetts Bay.
  • Master Marine Surveyor Rob Scanlan - Marine Surveyors serving coastal New England, Cape Cod and the Islands. I have surveyed and consulted on several Harbormaster's boats and give considerable discounts to Harbormaster departments. Nahant, Massachusetts.
  • Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary (Massachusetts) - National marine sanctuaries are built around the existence of distinctive natural and cultural resources whose protection and beneficial use require comprehensive planning and management.

Massachusetts Resources

Navigation & Rules of the Road

Related Associations

  • International Harbour Masters' Association - Based in the United Kingdom. The International Harbour Masters’ Association is a non-profit making professional body that unites Harbour Masters around the world. With more than 200 members in 40 countries the Association strives to bring together all those who hold a managerial position in aspects of the control of Marine Operations within a port.

Tides & Current

Towing Services

Training Resources

U.S. Coast Guard





Massachusetts Harbormasters Association, Inc.