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Harbor Bulletin - Spring, 2015 - Posted on 06 Mar 2015
Rockport Harbor Department Sprint 2015 Bulletin

After a difficult winter we are moving forward with updates for Rockport’s waterfront:

Rockport Harbor Breakwater/ACOE project: The rebuilding of the Bearskin Neck breakwater is moving along as scheduled (may be slightly ahead of schedule). On November 2014 the preparation work began with the closing off of the top of Bearskin Neck for an office for Classic Site Solutions, Inc., who was awarded the contract to do the construction of the Bearskin Neck breakwater by the Army Corp of Engineers. Machines were delivered to Bearskin Neck and Granite Pier to move the stones and do the constructions work. Over 10 thousand tons of stones were delivered to Granite Pier and categorized by tonnage for easy selection. The largest machine began work on the breakwater preparing a road to travel to the end of the breakwater to remove the large base of the #6 aid to navigation at the end of the breakwater and make it possible to work the stones into place as the project progresses. In late January the 52’ tug, Thuban arrived with its 130’ barge and work began transporting tons of stones from Granite Pier across Sandy Bay to Rockport Harbor. Stones were removed from the barge with a machine on the barge and the large machine on the breakwater. In between and even during blizzards, snow storms and gales the work continued and the project is moving along and sticking closely to the predicted schedule.

The stones have been removed from Granite Pier and stocked piled on the breakwater for continued permanent placement. The barge left for Martha’s Vineyard at the end of February and work continues as scheduled. The ACOE along with USCG will be replacing the #6 buoy navigational marker at the entrance to the harbor.

Mooring holders: By mid-April work will begin on replacing the moorings that were either removed or dropped to the bottom in the outer north basin.

Granite Pier: Granite Pier will be put back in order after the long winter of snow removal and Classic Solutions storing the tons of stones. The trap storage areas that were needed for the breakwater project will be cleaned and readied for use in the near future. The moorings that were removed of dropped to the bottom will be installed and put back in place.

Work is being done by the Harbor Advisory committee to study the feasibility of closing in Granite Pier which will enlarge the harbor and create more moorings.

Pigeon Cove: The DPW had filed an application to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to construct and maintain a reinforced concrete breakwater extension at Breakwater Avenue in the municipality of Rockport in an over flowed tidelands of Pigeon Cove. The proposed use of the project is to provide shoreline stabilization and is a water dependent project. The Harbormasters support this project.

White Wharf: White Wharf will be put back in shape with the parking area and kayak rack  cleaned up and secured.

2016 Mooring Fees: On February 24, 2015 the Board of Selectmen at the recommendation of the Harbormasters voted to increase the moorings fees for FY2016.These fees have not been increased for over 10 years.

The 2016 mooring bills will reflect the following increases. Vessels that were $7.00 per foot will be increased to $10.00 per foot, $14.00 per foot will be increased to $18.00 per foot.

Kayak rack and summer moorings flat rates of $75.00 per year will be increased to $100.00 per year, all other mooring fees will remain the same.

All mooring holders are required to have their moorings checked annually and mark their gear with a regulation buoy with name and length of vessel.

Rockport Harbormasters
Rosemary Lesch, Scott Story
Assistant Harbormasters
Ron Petoff, Story Reed

Red Cross Community Hero - Posted on 26 Mar 2010
Rosemary Lesch, Community Hero

Residents of Rockport have reason to be grateful to their fellow citizen Rosemary Lesch. One of the town’s two harbormasters, the harbormasters oversees the town’s four harbors and patrol the coastline from Halibut Point to Long Beach. Because it’s a job that can involve rescue work, Rosemary is a certified harbormaster, licensed captain and EMT. As such, she doubles as the head of the town’s Ambulance Department. Her work with the American Red Cross began early in her career first by taking an American Red Cross CPR and 1st Aid class and then joining the local Rockport Chapter of the American Red Cross to become a CPR and 1st Aid instructor. For over 35 years Rosemary has taught the skill of saving a life to all types of people: fellow harbormasters and EMT’s, boy scouts, day care providers, sailing instructor’s, fishermen, young mothers all are encouraged and most of them do successfully complete her 1st aid or CPR class. Rosemary’s goal is to make everyone comfortable with some aspect of saving a life whether it is the actual skill of CPR or being able to call as well as care for a family member or friend in need.

Rosemary’s effort on behalf of emergency training is but one aspect of her community service. She and co-harbormaster Scott Story, have not only provided their own vehicles to save the town money but regularly equip and fuel them at their own expense. And many townsmen have benefited from her off duty as well as official aid. As fellow Rockporter Kristie Ludwig explains: “She is someone you can count on to volunteer for any project, she exudes the same level of confidence and warmth whether she is flipping pancakes for the annual Ambulance Benefit Breakfast, rescuing a lone kayaker off Thacher’s Island, responding to an automobile accident or helping one of our lost tourists”.

We are pleased; therefore, to name Rosemary Lesch as one of this year’s Red Cross Community Heroes.
Recreational Saltwater Fishing Permit - Posted on 09 Feb 2010

Recreational Saltwater Permit Comes to Massachusetts - Register federally in 2010, but purchase state permit in 2011.

New federal law [Magnuson-Stevens Act Reauthorization of 2006, Saltwater Angler Registry Final Rule - NOAA Fisheries] requires most saltwater recreational fishermen to be documented in 2010. Massachusetts fishermen will be required to register with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). However, recently enacted state law, “An Act Instituting Saltwater Fishing Licenses”, enables MarineFisheries to build and implement a permitting program for 2011 and beyond that will exempt the Commonwealth’s saltwater recreational anglers from the federal registry. The new state law triggers a transition from the federal registry in 2010 to the state’s marine recreational fishing permit program in 2011.

More information can be found here.

LORAN-C Terminated - Posted on 20 Jan 2010
LORAN-C has been Terminated - As a result of technological advancements during the last 20 years and the emergence of the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS), LORAN-C is no longer required by the armed forces, the transportation sector or the nation's security interests, and is used by only a small segment of the population. Official notice is here.
Rockport Harbor featured in Offshore Magazine - Posted on 13 Jun 2007

The April 2007 issue of Offshore Magazine featured Rockport Harbor. Many thanks to the magazine for granting permission to post the article! Have a look here.
Hallibut Point LGB 1 AHP Buoy - Posted on 13 Mar 2007
The Coast Guard has permanently removed the 1 AHP Buoy off of Halibut Point. Per the Local Notice to Mariners, please correct the following charts:

Charts: 13009 13260 13274 13278 13279
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