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Wind Scales
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Boating and Marine Regulations


  • 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
  • MassDEP - Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection - 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.
  • 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.
  • National Ocean Service - Our mission is to provide science-based solutions through collaborative partnerships to address evolving economic, environmental, and social pressures on our ocean and coasts.
  • US Code Title 33 Section 1251 - Clean Water Act
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - 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 - The Magnuson-Stevens Act is the primary law governing marine fisheries management in U.S. federal waters.
  • 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 - The National Shellfisheries Association is an international organization of scientists, management officials and members of industry, all concerned with the biology, ecology, production, economics and management of shellfish resources - clams, oysters, mussels, scallops, snails, shrimp, lobsters, crabs, among many other species of importance.
  • NMFS-Greater Atlantic Region - National Marine Fisheries Service located in Gloucester, Massachusetts
  • NOAA Fisheries - NOAA Fisheries is responsible for the stewardship of the nation's ocean resources and their habitat. We provide vital services for the nation: productive and sustainable fisheries, safe sources of seafood, the recovery and conservation of protected resources, and healthy ecosystems—all backed by sound science and an ecosystem-based approach to management.
  • US Code Title 16 Chapter 38 - Fishery Conservation & Management
  • US Code Title 16 Chapter 53 - Control of Illegally Taken Fish and Wildlife

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.
  • - 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 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.
  • 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.

Navigation & Rules of the Road

U.S. Coast Guard

Weather & Tides



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