In accordance with Chapter 130, Section 74A, of the Massachusetts General Laws, the Division of Marine Fisheries has re-examined the waters of Apponagansett Bay (BB12.3) in the Town of Dartmouth classified as “CONDITIONALLY APPROVED” and in the “CLOSED” status based on seasonal water quality changes. As a result of this examination, the Division has determined that the allowable areas north of the Padanaram Causeway now meet the established criteria for the harvest of
shellfish and has changed the status to "OPEN TO SHELLFISHING."
The "winter season" areas depicted on the state's DSGA BB12 (www.massmarinefisheries.net/shellfish/dsga/BB12.pdf), excluding BB12.1 (west shoreline from bridge to island), BB12.4 & 12.8 (north and west of Little Island) are now open to commercial and recreational harvest in accordance with the Town Shellfish regulations found at: www.town.dartmouth.ma.us/sites/dartmouthma/files/uploads/shellfish_regulations.pdf.
Always check the posted shellfish signs for current harvesting status based upon water quality testing.
To prevent potential ice damage over the winter months, the floats associated with the Dias Landing pier and launch ramps have been removed from the water. The two launch ramps remain accessible for launching and hauling of boats.
Notice is given that all floats and gangways associated with the Dias Landing and boat launch facility will be removed from the water in the week(s) following Thanksgiving, November 22, 2018. The launch ramps will remain accessible after the floats are cleared from the ramp area, but all floats between the ramps and adjacent to the Town pier will be stored ashore for the winter season.
Please plan your launching and haul-out accordingly.
Due to falling temperatures and construction of our new pump-out dock, we are unable to continue vessel waste removal service. Please check with New Bedford Harbor Commission at Pope's Island Marina for service at their facility.
Thank you for keeping our waters clean.
If you signed your vessel up for weekly, automatic waste removal, that service has ended for the 2018 season. Diminished use of vessels has resulted in needless visits to empty holding tanks. Starting the week of September 24, 2018 waste pump-out service will be on-demand only.
To request a needed pump-out, please call our message line at 774-473-8411 anytime, our office phone at 508-999-0759, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide your vessel name, mooring number and pump-out fitting location (port/starboard).
On-demand service will continue weekdays from 8 a.m. to noon until further notice.
Thank you for helping to keep our waterways clean.
MASSACHUSETTS – APPONAGANSETT RIVER – DARTMOUTH MA - Bridge Repairs –Repair work on the piers of the Padanaram Bridge will start on July 19, 2018, and continue through March 25, 2019. One of the two swing bridge channels will be closed at a time to accommodate the floating docks and turbidity curtains used to conduct repairs. A small boat on-scene will monitor VHF Channel 13 and 16 between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Questions may be directed to the contractor, Mr. Keith Miles of New England Infrastructure, Inc. at 401-261-0458. Mariners should exercise caution when transiting the area.
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Your 2018 permit DECALS for moorings, boats and dinghies will be mailed to the address we have on file in the week before Memorial Day. We routinely mail these permit decals as close to the start of the boating season as possible to minimize misplacement of the little decals and help preserve marital harmony. (There's always a spouse to blame for the "misplaced decals" - even when they have yet to be mailed out!)
Watch you mailbox around Memorial Day for those 2018 Green Decals.
State and local Regulations specify that all mooring permits in the Commonwealth of MA must terminate no later than December 31st of the year in which issued. Dartmouth Mooring Regulations, adopted in 2003, require renewal of any mooring permit by March 31st each year. The Harbormaster Office attempts to assist with registration renewal by mailing reminder/invoices to each permit holder address on file by mid-February of each year. LATE MOORING REGISTRATION requires an additional late mooring registration fee of $100 per mooring permit. IF the Town Collector does not receive your late registration form and payment by May 1, 2018, State Law requires that the mooring site be re-assigned to the mandated mooring permit waiting list.
Boat Excise Tax bills are scheduled to be mailed out on Friday March 31st. This billing is for ownership of certain boats between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. Boat Excise Tax amounts are set by State Law under M.G.L. Chapter 60B. Payment of this excise tax is required for use of local waterways by Chapter 60B, section 4. Excise Tax bills have been mailed out earlier in prior years, but payment of boat excise will remain due within 60 days of their posting date. Please contact the Dartmouth Assessor Office regarding boat excise tax issues or abatement for any reason.
March 8, 2018 Marine Fisheries Advisory Shellfish Opening in Certain Areas
Marine Fisheries will open all shellfish areas from the east end of the Cape Cod Canal to the Rhode Island/Massachusetts state line including the waters around south of Cape Cod and the islands that were closed on March 1, 2018 as a result of the Nor'east storm on March 2-4, effective at sunrise on Friday, March 9. All areas from the east end of the Cape Cod Canal to the Massachusetts/New Hampshire state line (that were closed on March 1) will remain closed until Marine Fisheries determines that these areas are safe to harvest shellfish.
Several KAYAKS have been reported as stolen from the dinghy racks in the Dias Landing at Apponagansett Point. Dartmouth Police are investigating the reported thefts. Damage was done to many of the rack space uprights. If you have already placed your vessel in your reserved rack space, please check on it. Please report any loss or damage to the Dartmouth Police Department and Dartmouth Harbormaster Office.