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2016 Padanaram Bridge Schedule Announced
The 2016 seasonal openings of the Padanaram Bridge will begin on May 1, the Department of Public Works announced.
From 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., the bridge will open on the hour and half hour. From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., the bridge will open on the hour. And from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., the bridge will open on the hour and half hour.
Anyone with questions is asked to contact the Assistant Supervisor of Services and Infrastructure Roy Pinheiro at 508-999-0744.
Posted on 11 Apr 2016 by harbormaster
Padanaram Causeway Project Update
MassDOT has decided to rebid the Padanaram causeway reconstruction project and a new project schedule is being developed. The project is not likely to start during the 2016 boating season. We will provide additional information as it is made available.
Posted on 22 Mar 2016 by harbormaster
Waterways Permit Renewals 2016
All 2016 mooring permit renewal, waterways boat permit renewal, and wait-list renewal invoices have been mailed to the last known address for each boater in out database in mid-February. To avoid late-registration fees, or removal from the mooring waiting list, your return must be received by the Town by the end of business on Thursday March 31, 2016. If you have not yet received postal delivery, or if you are away from your normal postal delivery, please contact the Harbormaster by email and request an email with your invoice attached. Instructions for paying online. or over the phone with the Town collector can also be provided. harbormaster@dartmouthharbormaster.com
Posted on 11 Mar 2016 by harbormaster
2016 Waterways Rates
An explanation of the 2016 season rates can be downloaded here.
Posted on 09 Mar 2016 by harbormaster
2016 Season Waterways/Mooring Permit Invoices
All invoice reminders to renew Dartmouth Mooring and Waterways Permits will be mailed by the close of business on Monday February 22, 2016 to the last known mailing address in the Harbormaster Database. If you have changed your mailing address since last season, but failed to notify our office directly, please send an email to harbormaster@dartmouthharbormaster.com so we can update our records and send your renewal forms properly.

Individuals seeking to have their invoice emailed may also request an electronic copy at that same address. Each mooring invoice will have your mooring inspection status to keep you apprised of your three year gear inspection obligation. Please remember that Dartmouth Waterways Regulations specify that each permit holder is responsible for renewal of their own mooring permits by March 31st of each year.
Posted on 12 Feb 2016 by harbormaster
Dias Town Landing Dock Float Removal
Beginning on Monday November 30, 2016, all floating docks associated with the launch facility will be removed and stored for the winter in several of the parking spaces of the landing. Removal is being done to avoid damage from winter storms and ice. Repairs and improvements will be made to these floats, and they will be re-installed before the Spring 2016 launch season. Launch ramps may continue to be used without these floats, if boaters seek access to the waterways over the winter.
Posted on 24 Nov 2015 by harbormaster
All Pump-out Service Ends for 2105 Season
Freezing night-time temperatures have brought our pump-out activities to a conclusion for the 2015 season. No further pump-outs will be possible from the Dartmouth Harbormaster Office until May of 2016. Have a wonderful winter, and we look forward to taking more crap from you in 2016, since that is the best way to keep our waterways clean and healthy!
Thank you,
Dartmouth Vessel Waste Pump-out Service

Posted on 24 Nov 2015 by harbormaster
2015-16 Padanaram Bridge - Winter Operation Procedure

2015 Padanaram Bridge Off - Season Opening Procedure

Please be advised that effective November 1, 2015, the Padanaram Bridge will begin its off season schedule and will no longer have a scheduled Bridge Tender on duty. In order to have the bridge opened, you must contact the Department of Public Works (DPW) at (508) 999-0740 at least 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE.

Should you have any questions or concerns please call Mr. Paul Pacheco or Mr. Roy Pinheiro at (508) 999-0744.

** CONTACT DPW at 508-999-0740 or 508-999-0744 **
Posted on 02 Nov 2015 by harbormaster
Commercial Black Sea Bass Closure

MarineFisheries Advisory 2015 Commercial Black Sea Bass Fishery Closed Effective September 3, 2015
The Commonwealth’s 2015 commercial black sea bass quota of 287,680 pounds is projected to be taken by the end of the fishing day on Wednesday, September 2, 2015. Accordingly, Massachusetts’ commercial black sea bass fishery is closed effective 0001 hours on Thursday, September 3, 2015 (Closure Notice). During the quota closure and until the 2016 commercial black sea bass fishery opens, it is unlawful for any commercial fisherman to harvest or land black sea bass and for any seafood dealer to purchase or receive black sea bass from any fisherman. All black sea bass pots must be removed from the waters of the Commonwealth prior to Sunday, September 6, 2015, and cannot be set until Saturday, July 30, 2016.
Posted on 31 Aug 2015 by harbormaster
MarineFisheries Advisory: 2015 Commercial Striped Bass Fishery Closed Effective August 21, 2015

The Commonwealth’s 2015 commercial striped bass quota of 869,813 pounds is projected to have been taken on Thursday, August 20, 2015. Accordingly, Massachusetts 2015 commercial striped bass fishery is closed effective 0001 hours on Friday, August 21, 2015. Until the 2016 commercial striped bass fishery opens, fishermen are prohibited from possessing more than one striped bass that measures at least 28 inches in total length per person or selling or attempting to sell any striped bass in the Commonwealth.

Commercial fishermen are reminded that even if their permit was not fished, their August 2015 trip-level report is due no later than September 15, 2015. Failure to submit these reports for all months of year may result in the non-renewal of a commercial permit and its regulated fishery permit endorsements in 2016. All trip-level reports should be sent to DMF Statistics Project, 30 Emerson Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930. Blank forms and instructions were mailed out prior to the beginning of the 2015 commercial fishing season; additional copies can be obtained on the Division of Marine Fisheries
Posted on 21 Aug 2015 by harbormaster
Updated Mooring Waitlist
You can view our most current Mooring Waitlist which was updated on August 10, 2015 here.
Posted on 10 Aug 2015 by harbormaster
2 Federal Navigation Buoys To be Removed from Dartmouth Waters

Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England

in Southeastern Massachusetts Waterways

Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England proposes to make some modest changes in the aids-to-navigation (ATON) system in the waterways of southeastern Massachusetts. We carefully evaluated these reasonably limited measures that will maintain or improve navigation safety while increasing the efficiency and cost effectiveness of our overall ATON program.

Of the nearly 500 aids to navigation in southeastern Massachusetts, this plan will affect 26 that our analysis suggests provides only limited benefit, if any at all, to the average mariner that normally uses the waterway which the aids mark. These aids typically consume Coast Guard (and taxpayer) resources that far exceed any navigation safety benefit delivered to the boating public.

Of the 26 affected aids, 14 that provide very limited or no additional navigation safety have been identified for removal. The remaining 12 aids are in waters seldom used by boaters during the winter and have been identified for designation as “seasonal” aids that will be removed during the winter months and replaced in the summer months with fully functional but less expensive foam buoys, a practice that has been implemented in this region and elsewhere throughout the country with great success.

Our proposed changes to the aids-to-navigation system in some waterways within southeastern Massachusetts are listed in the attached spreadsheet. Your feedback is welcome and should be provided to Mr. Edward G. LeBlanc at 401-435-2351, or Edward.G.LeBlanc@uscg.mil by October 1, 2015. We will carefully consider all comments submitted and adjust our proposal if warranted. Only then will we begin to make on-the-water changes to aids to navigation, and in no case would any of these changes take place before November 1, 2015.

**Harbormaster Note: The 2 federal aids to navigation to be discontinued and removed from Dartmouth waters are the Keel Rock Buoy #3 (USCG Light List #16750) and Padanaram Harbor Buoy #10 (USCG Light List #16771). If you have any comments, direct them as indicated above, to Mr. LeBlanc.
Posted on 08 Aug 2015 by harbormaster
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