Maine Seafood Study

A set of tools for integrating Maine seafood into food distribution systems.

The locavore and Buy Local movements have strengthened Maine agriculture, but they’ve had little impact on Maine’s most famous and abundant natural resource—seafood. Maine lands around $450 million in seafood each year, the third-highest total in the U.S. Despite this contribution to the domestic seafood production, over 90% of the seafood consumed in the U.S. is imported.

To help regional buyers of seafood connect to statewide sources, CEI’s Sustainable Fisheries & Aquaculture Program completed a statewide assessment of the who, what, when and where of Maine’s seafood and aquaculture systems. Who fishes, farms or harvests Maine seafood? Who stores, transports, processes or sells Maine seafood? What is in season in Maine waters, and when? Where can wholesalers, retailers and consumers source Maine seafood products?

Why has CEI put all this vital information in one easy-to-access place? To connect Maine seafood producers, processers, distributors, retailers and consumers with more local, healthy fish, shellfish and sea vegetables. To encourage new connections in the industry. To fill critical gaps in cold storage, processing and retail. And to shore up a critical part of our local economy as it continues to turn environmental and economic challenges into opportunities for change and growth.

We may have overlooked some sources of information and we invite suggestions about how to update and improve the information. If you have suggestions or changes please contact Hugh Cowperthwaite, hsc@ceimaine.org or 535-2920.

What’s in season in Maine waters, and when?

November

< October December >

Peak Season

  • Crab (Jonah & Rock)
  • Dulse (red dulse)
  • Eel (silver eel)
  • Lobster
  • Monkfish
  • Mussels
  • Oysters
  • Sea Lettuce

In Season

  • Cod
  • Clams, hard
  • Clams, soft-shell
  • Eel (yellow eel)
  • Flounder, plaice
  • Flounder, winter
  • Flounder, witch
  • Flounder, yellowtail
  • Graceful Red Weed
  • Hake
  • Haddock
  • Halibut
  • Herring
  • Periwinkles & Whelks
  • Pollock
  • Redfish
  • Salmon (farm raised)
  • Scallops
  • Sea urchin
  • Sea vegetables
  • Skate
  • Smelt
  • Squid
  • Sugar Kelp
  • Winged Kelp

Out of Season

  • Alewife
  • Blueback Herring
  • Black Sea Bass (recreational)
  • Bluefish
  • Dogfish
  • Eel (glass eel, elver)
  • Mackerel
  • Shad
  • Shark
  • Shrimp
  • Striped bass (recreational)
  • Swordfish
  • Tuna

Who in Maine is using cold storage or freezer space for seafood?

York County
  1. A L Griffin Inc

    www.algriffin.com
    Mark & Margo Usinger
    Email Contact
    207.772.0165

    Raw Seafood
  2. Americold Corp

    www.americold.com
    Michelle Brooks
    Email Contact
    207.773.7258

    Raw SeafoodReady to Eat Seafood
  3. Aroostook Foods Inc

    www.aroostookfoods.com
    Sean Bouchard
    Email Contact
    207.498.8006

    Raw SeafoodReady to Eat Seafood
  4. Atlantic Shellfish

    Atlantic Shellfish
    207.497.2552

    Raw Seafood
  5. Beals Lobster Pier

    bealslobster.com
    Robert Bauer
    Email Contact
    207.244.3202

    Raw SeafoodReady to Eat Seafood
  6. Blue Bird Ranch

    Darren Prout

    Raw Seafood
  7. Blue Bird Ranch Inc

    Troy Prout
    207.454.0313

    Raw Seafood
  8. Bow Street Market Inc

    www.bowstreetmarket.com
    Dean Nowell
    Email Contact
    207.865.6631

    Raw SeafoodReady to Eat Seafood
  9. Bushey Enterprises

    Charles Lovejoy
    207.546.2804

    Raw Seafood
  10. Cap Morrill’s Inc

    www.capmorrills.com
    Philip Morrill
    Email Contact
    207.989.2277

    Raw Seafood
  11. Cape Porpoise Lobster Co Inc

    www.capeporpoiselobster.com
    Allen Daggett
    Email Contact
    207.967.4268

    Raw SeafoodReady to Eat Seafood
  12. Central Maine Cold Storage

    www.cmcs.biz
    Brian McCarthy
    Email Contact
    207-702-9045

    Raw SeafoodReady to Eat Seafood
  13. Collora, John

    John Collora

    Raw SeafoodReady to Eat Seafood
  14. Cozy Harbor Seafood Inc

    www.cozyharbor.com
    Joseph Donovan
    Email Contact
    207.772.6092

    Raw Seafood
  15. Crown Of Maine Organic Cooperative

    www.crownofmainecoop.com
    Marada Cook
    Email Contact
    207.877.7444

    Raw Seafood
  16. Custom Float Services Inc dba Brown Ship Chandler

    www.brownship.com
    Roberta Gagne
    Email Contact
    207.772.3796

    Raw Seafood
  17. Day Boat Fresh

    Susan Buxton
    207.367.6318

    Raw SeafoodReady to Eat Seafood
  18. Dennis Paper & Food Service

    www.dennisexpress.com
    Ron Dennis
    207.947.0321

    Raw SeafoodReady to Eat Seafood
  19. Fine Wood Products

    Robert Meisner
    Email Contact
    207.224.2239

    Raw Seafood
  20. Galt Block Refrigeration Warehouse Co

    www.galtblockwarehouse.com
    Carolyn & Earl Hamm
    Email Contact
    207.942.3525

    Raw SeafoodReady to Eat Seafood
  21. Hannaford Bros Co Warehouse

    www.hannaford.com
    Bruce Jenkins
    207.885.3138

    Raw SeafoodReady to Eat Seafood
  22. Herring Brothers Inc

    www.herringbrothersmeats.com
    Thomas Gilbert Jr
    Email Contact
    207.876.4395

    Raw Seafood
  23. Island Sea Products

    Barbara Hardy
    207.348.6090

    Ready to Eat Seafood
  24. Jerry’s Market

    www.facebook.com
    Gerald & Peter Dunham
    207.324.5834

    Raw Seafood
  25. Klenda Seafood LLC

    www.MaineLobsterNow.com
    David J Klenda
    Email Contact
    207.799.0155

    Raw SeafoodReady to Eat Seafood
  26. Little Bay Lobster LLC

    www.littlebaylobster.com
    Steven Blake
    207.367.5020

    Raw Seafood
  27. Lobster Gram

    www.lobstergram.com
    Michael Robinson
    781.477.0503

    Raw SeafoodReady to Eat Seafood
  28. Maguro America Inc

    Seth Richards
    508.364.0350

    Raw Seafood
  29. Maine Lobster Direct

    www.mainelobsterdirect.com
    Lee Kressbach
    Email Contact
    207.772.9056

    Ready to Eat Seafood
  30. Maine Lobster Outlet

    www.mainelobsteroutlet.com
    Greg Tsairis
    Email Contact
    207.363.4449

    Raw Seafood
  31. Maine Shellfish Co Inc

    www.ipswichshellfish.com
    Scott Daskoski
    207.985.2569

    Raw SeafoodReady to Eat Seafood
  32. Micucci Wholesale Foods

    www.micucci.com
    Bruce Micucci
    Email Contact

    Raw Seafood
  33. Morning Star Seafood

    Nancy Wynne
    207.367.5816

    Raw Seafood
  34. Morse’s Sauerkraut

    www.morsessauerkraut.com
    Jacquelyn Sawyer & David Swetnam
    Email Contact
    207.785.2882

    Ready to Eat Seafood
  35. Naples Packing Co Inc

    Naples Packing Co Inc
    207.364.3725

    Raw Seafood
  36. Native Maine Produce & Specialty Foods LLC

    www.nativemaineproduce.com
    Michael Posey
    207.856.1100

    Raw Seafood
  37. Performance Food Group Inc

    www.pfgc.com
    Tim Holt
    207.623.8451

    Raw SeafoodReady to Eat Seafood
  38. Perkins LLC

    Tim Hubbard
    800.836.0859

    Raw SeafoodReady to Eat Seafood
  39. Phinney Fisheries

    John Phinney
    207.733.2222

    Raw Seafood
  40. Pine State Trading Co

    www.pinestatetrading.com
    Steve Mitchell
    207.622.3741

    Ready to Eat Seafood
  41. Portland Fish Exchange

    www.pfex.org
    Bert Jongerden
    Email Contact
    207.773.0017

    Raw Seafood
  42. Poultry Products N E

    J Stogniew & Jerry Kelly

    Raw Seafood
  43. Rockland Foodservice Inc

    Ken Pierce
    207.594.5443

    Raw SeafoodReady to Eat Seafood
  44. Schwan’s Home Service Inc

    Schwan's Home Service Inc
    207.854.5885

    Raw SeafoodReady to Eat Seafood
  45. Sea Salt LLC

    www.seasaltlobster.com
    Matt Bellerose
    207.590.0157

    Raw SeafoodReady to Eat Seafood
  46. SledgeSational Snacks

    Philip Leyendecker
    207.667.8687

    Ready to Eat Seafood
  47. Stonington Seafood Express Inc

    Lawrence Greenlaw Jr
    207.367.2738

    Raw SeafoodReady to Eat Seafood
  48. Sysco Foodservice Of NNE

    www.sysconne.com
    Chris Willer
    207.871.0700

    Raw SeafoodReady to Eat Seafood
  49. Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound

    www.trentonbridgelobster.com
    Anthony & Josette Pettegrow
    207.667.2977

    Raw SeafoodReady to Eat Seafood
  50. Trevett Country Store

    Kim Lewis
    207.633.3340

    Raw Seafood
  51. W A Bean & Sons Inc

    www.beansmeats.com
    David Bean
    Email Contact
    207.947.0364

    Raw SeafoodReady to Eat Seafood
  52. Weathervane Seafoods Inc

    weathervaneseafoods.com
    Josh Sharp
    207.439.0920

    Ready to Eat Seafood

*Although these businesses are licensed to store refrigerated and/or frozen seafood, not all of them provide this as a service to a 3rd party and many simply hold the license as required by law to satisfy their own cold storage needs.

Who sources Gulf of Maine fish from the Portland Fish Exchange?

  1. Ad-Jon

    Processor
  2. Bristol Seafood, Inc

    www.bristolseafood.com

    ProcessorWholesaler
  3. Browne Trading Company, Inc

    www.brownetrading.com

    Retail MarketWholesaler
  4. Channel Fish Processing Co.

    www.channelfish.com

    Processor
  5. Cozy Harbor Seafood

    www.cozyharbor.com

    DistributorProcessorWholesaler
  6. Douty Brothers, Inc.

    www.doutybros.com

    DistributorProcessorWholesaler
  7. Emerald Sea Food Company, Inc.

    www.newfultonfishmarket.com

    Retail Market
  8. Fresh Pack Seafood, Inc.

    Distributor
  9. Great Eastern Seafood, Inc.

    www.greateasternsfd.com

    DistributorProcessor
  10. Harbor Fish Markets, Inc.

    www.harborfish.com

    DistributorRetail MarketWholesaler
  11. M.F. Foley, Inc.

    www.foleyfish.com

    DistributorProcessor
  12. North Atlantic, Inc.

    www.northatlanticseafood.com

    DistributorProcessor
  13. Nova Seafood, LTD.

    www.novaseafood.com

    Distributor
  14. P.J. Merrill Seafood, Inc.

    www.pjmerrillseafood.com

    DistributorProcessorRetail Market
  15. Red’s Best

    www.redsbest.com

    Distributor
  16. Sea Fresh U.S.A. Inc.

    www.seafreshusa.com

    DistributorProcessor
  17. Sebasco Wharf

    Distributor
  18. Smitty’s Fillet House, Inc.

    www.newfultonfishmarket.com

    DistributorProcessor
  19. Tri-State Seafoods, Inc.

    DistributorProcessorWholesaler

Portland Fish Exchange
6 Portland Fish Pier
Portland, Maine 04101
(207) 773-0017
http://www.pfex.org/

Who is farm raising Maine seafood?

  1. Acadia Aqua Farms, LLC.

    Bar Harbor, 04609
    Theo and Fiona de Koning
    207-288-8924

  2. Acadia Harvest Inc.

    Franklin, 04634
    Ed Robinson
    207 522 9342

  3. Anderson, James

    Harrington, 04643
    James Anderson
    207-598-0355

  4. Andrews, Dave

    South Bristol, 04568
    Dave Andrews
    207-644-8785

  5. Aqua Farms, LLC.

    Portland, 04103
    Tollef Olson
    207-671-7946

  6. Atherton, Jeremy

    Bucksport, 04416
    Jeremy Atherton
    207-991-7834

  7. Atherton, Thomas

    Bucksport, 04416
    Thomas Atherton
    207-469-3656

  8. Atwood, Darrald

    New Haven, 06578
    Darrald Atwood
    203-729-2800

  9. Bayside Mussel Farm

    Belfast, 04915
    Joe Larrabee
    207-223-5172

  10. Beebe, Kenneth

    South Harpswell, 04079
    Kenneth Beebe
    207-833-6721

  11. Bolster, Thomas W.

    Georgetown, 04548
    Thomas W. Bolster
    207-371-2299

  12. Boothbay Harbor Sewer District

    Boothbay Harbor, 04538
    Chris Higgins
    207-633-4663
    Sea Urchin Not for Consumption

  13. Brewer, Marsden

    Stonington, 04681
    Marsden Brewer
    207-367-5100

  14. Briggs, Eric

    Ellsworth, 04605
    Eric Briggs
    207-460-9114

  15. Burgess, Robert

    Stonington, 04681
    Robert Burgess
    207 367-2737

  16. Campbell, Adam and Michelle

    North Haven, 04853
    Adam Campbell
    207-867-4453

  17. Canfield, Daniel E.

    Rockport, 04856
    Daniel Canfield
    207-593-2384

  18. Carroll, Abigail

    Biddeford Pool, 04006
    Abigail Carroll
    207 749-5585

  19. Chance Along Farm, Inc.

    Freeport, 04032
    Peter Horne
    207-865-3095

  20. Chaney, Chuck

    Southport, 04576
    Chuck Chaney
    207-633-2970

  21. Cheney, Merrillee

    New Harbor, 04554
    Merrillee Cheney
    207-677-3923

  22. Cheney, Prescott

    Pemaquid, 04555
    Prescott Cheney
    207-677-2158

  23. Cooke Aquaculture USA, Inc.

    Eastport, 04631
    Jennifer Robinson
    207-853-6081

  24. Cromwell, Michael E.

    Westport Island, 04578
    Michael E. Cromwell
    207-882-9721

  25. Crothers, Jock

    Mt. Desert, 04660
    Jock Crothers
    207-244-3596

  26. Curtis, Barry

    Cherryfield, 04622
    Barry Curtis
    207-546-2806

  27. Damariscotta River Association

    Damariscotta, 04543
    Sarah Gladu
    207-563-1393

  28. Damariscove Seafood, LLC

    Damariscotta, 04543
    Peter Fischer
    207-563-8086

  29. Davis, Chris

    Waldoboro, 04572
    Chris Davis
    207-832-6812

  30. Dennis, Ron

    Hampden, 04444
    Ron Dennis
    207-947-0321

  31. Desaulniers, Paul

    Rockland, 04841
    Paul Desaulniers
    207-691-2463

  32. Dickinson, Jonathan

    Waldoboro, 04572
    Jonathan Dickinson
    207-380-7695

  33. Dodge Cove Marine Farm, LLC

    Bremen, 04551
    Antonina Simmons
    207-529-4100

  34. Dwyer, Meggan

    Blue Hill, 04614
    Meggan Dwyer
    207-230-4635

  35. Emlen, Jay

    Pretty Marsh, Mount Desert, 04660-9704
    Jay Emlen
    207-244-3878

  36. Farmer, Paul

    Rockport, 04856
    Paul Farmer
    207-975-5393

  37. Francisco, Peter W.

    West Bath, 04530
    Peter W. Francisco
    207-751-8035

  38. Gay Island Oysters Inc.

    Cushing, 04563
    Barrett Lynde
    207-691-4506

  39. Gerald, Matthew

    Bar Harbor, 04609
    Matthew Gerald
    207-266-3907

  40. Glidden Point Oyster Company

    Edgecomb, 04556
    Barbara Scully
    207-633-3599

  41. Gott, Erin

    Kennebunk, 04043
    Erin Gott
    207-590-6635

  42. Gray, Phil

    Harpswell, 04079
    Phil Gray
    207-373-0855

  43. Gray, Terrell

    Verona Island, 04416
    Terrell Gray
    207-469-3436

  44. Grimard, Lawrence E.

    Jefferson, 04348
    Lawrence E. Grimard
    207-586-6219

  45. Harvey, Brian

    Glenburn, 04401
    Brian Harvey
    207-944-8185

  46. Harvey, Carl

    Glenburn, 04401
    Carl Harvey
    207-944-8185

  47. Hersey, Dawn L.

    Harpswell, 04079
    Dawn L. Hersey
    207-729-7876

  48. Hersey, Robert Jr.

    Harpswell, 04079
    Robert Hersey, Jr.
    207-729-7876

  49. Horne, Christian

    Duxbury, 02331
    Christian Horne
    781-934-7219

  50. Howell, Lori

    Eliot, 03903
    Lori Howell
    207-439-2719

  51. Hubacz, Lane

    Windham, 04062
    Lane Hubacz
    207-671-3444

  52. Johns River Oyster, LLC.

    New Harbor, 04554-4811
    David Cheney
    207-667-3923

  53. Konisky, Ray

    Newfields, 03856
    Ray Konisky
    978-807-6257

  54. Kramer, Jordan

    Portland, 04102
    Jordan Kramer
    207-518-8179

  55. Leach, Dedra

    Penobscot, 04476
    Dedra Leach
    207-326-4719

  56. Leach, Jesse

    Penobscot, 04476
    Jesse Leach
    207-326-4719

  57. Leach, Stuart

    Penobscot, 04776
    Stuart Leach
    207-326-4719

  58. Levesque, Tim

    Lamoine, 04605
    Tim Levesque
    207-667-6719

  59. Lewis, Jon

    Boothbay, 04537
    Jon Lewis
    207-633-6256

  60. Little Island Oyster Company

    Brooksville, 04617
    Frank and Tonyia Peasley
    207-326-4087

  61. MacKenzie, Jean

    Bremen, 04551
    Jean MacKenzie
    207-529-2999

  62. Maine Cultured Mussels, Inc.

    Mount Desert, 04660
    Erick Swanson
    207-244-0750

  63. Maine Oyster, Inc.

    Freeport, 04032
    Eric Horne and Valy Steverlynck
    207-221-5172

  64. Maine Sea to Tree, LLC

    Sedgwick, 04676
    Danny Weed
    207-359-0902

  65. McAllister, Michael

    Portland, 04101
    Michael McAllister
    646-552-3499

  66. Mook Sea Farms, Inc.

    Walpole, 04573
    William Mook
    207-563-1456

  67. Moosabec Mussels, Inc.

    Jonesport, 04649
    Ralph Smith
    207-497-5721

  68. Morse, Dana

    Bowdoin, 04387
    Dana Morse
    207-666-8460

  69. Mozeleski, Brian

    Knox, 04986
    Brian Mozeleski
    207-568-3836

  70. Muscongus Bay Aquaculture, Inc.

    Bremen, 04551
    Antonina Simmons
    207-529-4100

  71. Nonesuch Oysters, LLC.

    Biddeford Pool, 04006
    Abigail Carroll
    207-749-5585

  72. Norden, Robert

    Penobscot, 04476
    Robert Norden
    207-326-7144

  73. Norumbega Oysters, Inc.

    Nobleboro, 04555
    Eric Peters
    207-563-7735

  74. Ocean Approved, LLC.

    Portland, 04103
    Tollef Olsen
    207-799-2022

  75. Okusko, Scott

    Bucksport, 04416
    Scott Okusko
    207-322-2220

  76. Olsen, Virginia

    Stonington, 04681
    Virginia Olsen
    207-367-5871

  77. Peaks Island Shellfish, LLC.

    Peaks Island, 04108
    Mark Green
    207-712-3681

  78. Pemaquid Mussel Farms, LLC.

    Damariscotta, 04543
    Peter Fischer
    207-563-8085

  79. Pemaquid Oyster Company Inc.

    Waldoboro, 04572
    Christopher Davis
    207-832-6067

  80. Perry, Edward B.

    Edgecomb, 04556
    Edward B. Perry
    207-882-9006

  81. Perry, Nate

    Cape Elizabeth, 04107
    Nate Perry
    207-615-1703

  82. Petit Manan Seafood

    Steuben, 04680
    Charles Wallace
    207-546-2272

  83. Porada, Joseph

    Hancock, 04640
    Joseph Porada
    207-479-0322

  84. Rego, Joe

    Prospect, 04981
    Joe Rego
    207-567-3684

  85. Reynolds, Laurence

    Penobscot, 04476
    Laurence Reynolds
    207-326-4238

  86. Runge, Gregory

    Isle Au Haut, 04645
    Gregory Runge
    207-335-5141

  87. Runge, Tucker

    Isle au Haut, 04645
    Tucker Runge
    207-266-4935

  88. Sewall, Christopher

    Phippsburg, 04562
    Christopher Sewall
    207-389-9009

  89. Smith, Peter

    Freedom, 04941
    Peter Smith
    207-380-2788

  90. Stoll, Joshua

    Bangor, 04401
    Joshua Stoll
    509-637-5795

  91. Taunton Bay Oyster Co., Inc.

    Ellsworth, 04605
    Michael Briggs
    207-266-3353

  92. Thompson, Hugh

    Southport, 04576
    Hugh Thompson
    207-633-3830

  93. Tightrope Seafarms

    Hancock, 04640
    c/o Evan Young
    207-479-4600

  94. Tonry, Amber

    Edgecomb, 04556
    Amber Tonry
    207-380-9571

  95. Totten, Juliet

    South Bristol, 04568
    Juliet Totten
    646-552-3499

  96. Trundy Point, LLC.

    South Portland, 04106
    Peter Stocks
    207-409-3712

  97. University of Maine Darling Marine Center

    Walpole, 04573
    Tim Miller
    207-563-3146

  98. University of Maine, Darling Marine Center

    Orono, 04469
    Dana Morse
    207 563-8186

  99. Weller, David

    Vinalhaven, 04863
    David C. Weller
    207-863-2088

  100. Weskeag River Shellfish Farms LLC.

    South Thomaston, 04858
    Ralph Hamill
    207-596-6984

  101. West, James

    Sorrento, 04677
    James West
    207 422-3897

  102. Westport Oyster Company

    Waldoboro, 04572
    Samuel Chapman
    207-832-7548

  103. Whiston, David

    Chebeague Island, 04017
    David Whiston
    207-846-0035

  104. Wild Ocean Aquaculture, LLC.

    South Portland, 04106
    Matthew Moretti
    207-862-2193

  105. Winter Point Inc.

    West Bath, 04530
    John Hennessey
    207-443-3889

  106. Wiscasset Shellfish Commmittee

    Wiscasset, 04578
    Don James
    207-882-9137

  107. Yentsch, Carlton

    West Boothbay Harbor, 04575
    Carlton Yentsch
    207-380-2749

  108. Yentsch, Colin

    West Boothbay Harbor, 04575
    Colin Yentsch
    207-380-5864

  109. Young, Evan

    Hancock, 04640
    Evan Young
    207-479-4600

  110. Young, Joseph

    Corea, 04624
    Joseph Young
    207-963-2633

Many businesses are licensed to grow multiple species on their lease site(s). Although they are licensed, not all growers are necessarily producing all species they are permitted to grow.

The Department of Marine Resources maintains an up to date aquaculture lease inventory and quite a bit of information can be found on their website.

About CEI

CEI, one of the nation’s premier Community Development Corporations (CDCs) and Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), specializes in rural business development and financing. Founded in 1977 in Wiscasset, Maine, we create economically and environmentally healthy communities in which all people, especially those with low incomes, can reach their full potential.

CEI Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture progams foster sustainable development by making investments, initiating projects, supporting policies and assisting marine-related enterprises that:

  • Generate and maintain good quality jobs
  • Strengthen shoreside marine infrastructure
  • Improve management of sustainably harvested marine resources
  • Reuse and/or recycle waste streams and reduce energy consumption
  • Add value to marine resources
  • Shorten the seafood distribution chain and sell seafood with transparency and traceability

Learn more at www.ceimaine.org.

Contact the Authors

Hugh Cowperthwaite

Hugh Cowperthwaite

Director, Fisheries Project

Hugh is responsible for CEI’s Fisheries and Waterfront programs, which involve coordinating lending, business counseling and technical assistance with commercial fishermen, shellfish growers and waterfront businesses that maintain commercial fishing access.

Dick Clime

Dick Clime

Project Developer, Working Waterfront

Dick is responsible for generating new projects that preserve Maine’s commercial fisheries access to properties by purchasing the development rights and placing restrictive covenants on their future use through the Working Waterfront Access Protection Program.