Coastal Access Resource Guides

  • Preserving Access in the Intertidal – Created in April 2022, this guide provides an overview of the issues facing access in coastal spaces in Maine and provides suggested solutions, funding sources, and programs to assist municipalities in preserving access. This guide was created by Casco Bay Estuary Partnership, the Greater Portland Council of Governments, Manomet, and Tidal Bay Consulting.
  • Resources for Preserving Commercial Fishing Access – This resource guide was created by the Maine Costal Program in response to discussions had by members of the Maine Shellfish Advisory Council In January of 2022. The guide outlines the issues facing coastal access identified by council members and provides potential solutions, funding sources, and parters to protect and preserve working waterfront access.
  • The Critical Nature of Maine’s Working Waterfronts and Access to the Shore– In August of 2021, The Island Institute released this document which provides an overview of the state of working waterfronts in Maine and the threats they face. The Island Institute calls for active protection of the working waterfront and provides actionable steps for preservation and highlights existing support programs and funding sources.
  • Accessing the Maine Coast – This website, developed by NOAA, Maine SeaGrant, SeaGrant Law Center, University of Maine Cooperative Extensions, The Island Institute, and The Maine Coastal Program, serves as a repository for “everything you wanted to know about rights and responsibilities of accessing the coast of Maine”. There are resources for private coastal land owners, government and public entities, and waterfront users as well as a coastal access toolkit and an overview of the laws and statutes that govern coastal access.
  • Public Shoreline Access in Maine: A Citizen’s Guide to Ocean and Coastal Law– This guide, created on 2016, explores and unpacks the law governing who can access which coastal areas. It highlights ways the pubic can access the coast outside of “fishing, fowling, and navigation”. This guide is produced by Maine Sea Grant College Program, Maine Coastal Program, and the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve.