The State of Maine Harbor Masters Association is a member driven organization numbering 200+ harbor masters and deputy harbor masters from the New Hampshire border to Canada, maintaining unobstructed navigation on one of Maine’s natural resources, the harbors and coastline. As the 4,568 miles of coastline is used for recreation, commercial fishing, transportation and wildlife habitat, Maine coastal waters require proper organization and regulation.
Harbor Masters are the municipal guardians of the waterfront, with duties ranging from harbor management and planning, mooring and dockage management, public education to emergency search and rescue operations. In coordination with local, state and federal agencies, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Maine Marine Patrol, the Association takes a proactive role in the use of the resource as well as providing a means for harbor masters throughout the state to interact on waterfront issues, and share ideas.
The Association provides continuing education for the public on a local level, and annual training for harbor masters with the cooperation of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy, the U.S. Coast Guard and many other federal, state and local agencies.
- To encourage effective and uniform harbor management.
- To advance the profession of Harbor Master.
- To advance the knowledge and capability of Harbor Masters.
- To inform and educate the general public concerning the role and responsibility of the Harbor Master.
- To promote and sponsor regulation intended to enhance more effective management of Maine’s harbors.
- To coordinate and encourage communication among and between Harbor Masters and local, State, and Federal agencies, as well as organizations with an interest in or responsibility for the management or regulation of harbor activities.