Harbor & Waterfront Department
Article VII of the City’s Code established the Harbor and Waterfront Department. The Harbormaster is charged with the care of the harbor and the “vessels and rafts therein”
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Harbor & Waterfront Department FAQs
We have a very popular dinghy dock which you can purchase an annual permit for. First come, first serve.
We have dock space for vessels that draft less than 8’ (mean low tide water depth) on the north face and inside areas to include the pump out station. We have one float available which has a mean low tide water depth of 14’.
Yes, the city has 16 rental moorings available on a first come, first served basis. They are located in the central north and central south mooring fields.
The fee schedule is set by city council and is located on this web page.
Water/electric – We have six electrical and water stations located about the floating docks. We also have showers, laundry, ice, soda/water, and limited parking at the public landing which is all within walking distance to main street.
The docks are available between the 15th of May through the 15th of October. Hours of operations are 7 days a week 0800-1700 between memorial day through labor day.
We have a boat launching facility located in the South end of Rockland at Snow Marine park.
Harbor & Waterfront Department Documents, Forms & Maps
Here are a list of Harbor & Waterfront Department documents, forms & maps. Note that you can also obtain these forms directly from the Harbor & Waterfront Department. If you do not find the document, form or map you are looking for, please feel free to call us (207) 594-0312 or request your document online.
About Rockland Harbor & Waterfront Department
For almost three decades the Rockland Municipal Fish Pier has proven to be a vital facility for fisherman, fuel transport, transient herring carriers, seasonal aquaculture harvesters (sea urchins and seaweed), local island residents, ground fishing vessels, buyers, and smacks. This facility provides vital waterfront access and support services for fishermen and other marine industries up and down the mid coast as well as an effective platform to bring buyers and sellers together.
The Rockland Municipal Fish Pier is owned and operated by the City of Rockland. The City has managed the Pier since the early 2000’s. Prior to that time, the pier was managed by three private contractors over a 15 year period.
Since taking over responsibility for the management of the Fish Pier the City of Rockland has led successful efforts to make the Fish Pier operation sustainable and operate on a revenue-neutral basis. The City’s Harbor and Waterfront Department has successfully secured annual leases and a regular stream of interim users of the Pier contributing to fiscal stability.
This facility enables more than 100 working men and woman to operate in their trade while also offering parking and a designated area for gear repair. The Rockland location of this facility is easily accessible to local repair facilities, parts suppliers, and groceries for island residents. While this facility was originally built as a fish pier to support mid coast Maine’s commercial fishing industry, it has evolved into a multi-use facility that supports many marine related industries and provides a vital link in the supply chain of the economies of Maine’s island communities from Frenchboro to Matinicus.
Rockland continues to play a key regional role in the commercial fishery, landing 35 million pounds of seafood in 2016. This multiuse facility serves:
- 24 lobstermen
- three herring carriers
- four lobster buyers
- two bait dealers
All applications for use of the facility is available at the Fish Pier, please contact the Assistant Harbormaster, Mark Tibbetts for more details.
Harbor & Waterfront Department Additional Information & Statistics
It is the Harbormaster’s mission to provide a safe, clean, and friendly environment for the boating public, both for commercial and private boaters. The Harbormaster endeavors to maintain the city’s mooring areas; to keep a clean and environmentally friendly public areas; to retain an effective municipal/commercial fish pier; to provide assistance to local and visiting boaters in use of the city’s Harbor; to enforcement of state and federal laws; and to respond to emergencies whenever may be necessary.
Rockland harbor is one of the largest and busiest harbors in Maine and has long distinguished our City as the center for maritime activity in Midcoast Maine. The department has managed to assist in preserving our working waterfront through providing facilities that cater for commercial fishermen and other commercial marine activities. The City also provides facilities for recreational boaters and cruise ships, both of which provide a lot of value for residents and visitors and contribute to Rockland’s economy. It is important for Rockland’s economy to keep this balance between working waterfront users and recreational boaters. Therefore, the value of Rockland’s Harbor and Waterfront Department is managing one of Rockland’s greatest assets to ensure the needs of all users are balanced.
Much of Rockland’s success in achieving this balance is through owning and successfully operating a number of public facilities. These facilities provide access to the harbor for a variety of harbor users such as the Fish Pier, commercial pier (Middle Pier), Public Pier and the public boat launch at Snow Marine Park. The management of our harbor’s facilities requires a balance between facilities maintenance, administration, enforcement and policy implementation. The following provides an overview of the value provided to Rockland taxpayers through the operation of public facilities on our harbor
Rockland’s Municipal Fish Pier supports $10 million a year in private activity and investment within the commercial fishing industry. It is an important piece of infrastructure for both the City and the Midcoast region. The Fish Pier ensures ongoing water access for fisherman and facilitates higher prices for the fishermen by providing a more efficient market where buyers and sellers have easy access to one another. In 2013 Rockland’s Fish Pier ranked 30th in the nation in total volume of fish landings among all U.S. ports. The Harbor and Waterfront Department leverages additional value through the economic activity generated by marine related tourism. By providing safe and convenient facilities and comprehensive services to visitors who arrive at Rockland by sea, the City creates and economic activity from seafaring visitors who shop, dine and lodge in Rockland.
- Highest level of revenue generated by the waterfront ever
- This is due to a very successful fishing year and cruise ship season
- A study will be completed to redesign the public landing
- Funding for this study was secured through the Maine Coastal Program
- Sought MDOT and Economic Development Administration funding for the redevelopment of the Fish Pier
- Consolidation of Fish Pier and Harbor operations into one department
- Online administration of harbor operations including mooring permits and reservations, docking
- Seek funding to begin the redevelopment of the Public Pier
Harbor & Waterfront Department
Municipal Fish Pier
Contact the Harbor & Waterfront Department & Municipal Fish Pier
You can contact the Harbor & Waterfront Department or Municipal Fish Pier using the details below or by completing the online form.
Office hours: Monday — Friday, 8:00am – 4:00pm (Closed public holidays)