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Maine Coastal Program
Working Waterfront Initiative
Coastlines 2003: Focus on Shipping. Massachusetts has a system of "designated port facilities" that provides extensive governmental support for working harbors. To view a special edition of the Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management Office's annual magazine, focused on port and harbor development, see the web link http://www.mass.gov/czm/coastlines/2003/index03.htm or call their office at 617-626-1212.
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 email@example.com).
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 Portions of the book are outdated, but it remains a useful guide for improving harbor management.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 (www.islandinstitute.org).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Maine Harbormasters Association -- The association
promotes training of harbormasters and encourages effective
and uniform harbor management.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 http://www.seagrant.umaine.edu/ 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 (Mike.Baran@maine.gov; 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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