Working Waterfront Access Protection Program

CEI Administers Maine’s Working Waterfront Access Protection Program (WWAPP)

Together with two state partners, the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) and the Land for Maine’s Future (LMF) Program, CEI Fisheries and Aquaculture staff coordinate the WWAPP. A recently approved sole source contract extended the work until the end of 2015. The program offers a one-time monetary award to owners of important waterfront properties used for commercial fishing or aquaculture access. The amount is approximately 25% of the property’s Fair Market Value (FMV) as determined by a standardized appraisal. In exchange, the owner signs a restrictive covenant which prohibits conflicting uses in perpetuity.

CEI’s involvement began in 2005 with leadership of a Working Waterfront Coalition which helped convince the Maine Legislature to create the program in response to proof that coastal towns were losing commercial fishing access to land development interests. Since 2006 under CEI’s guidance, the program has protected twenty-four (24) significant waterfront properties from York to Eastport. A cumulative total of $5.018 million in awards have had the following impacts:

  • Combined FMV of $21.3 million
  • Preserving 42 upland acres and 7,200 linear feet of shoreline
  • Annual landings exceeding $48 million.
  • Supports 670 fishing vessels, 1,197 fishermen, 1,280 fishing families

Approximately $1.2 million is available to fund new projects. A deadline of May 6, 2014 has been set for the next round of applications. If monies remain unallocated after the May deadline, a second deadline has been set for September 9, 2014.

For further information contact

Hugh Cowperthwaite for projects in York, Cumberland, Sagadahoc, and Lincoln counties, tel. 207-535-2920