This is a friendly reminder to get your mooring renewal payment to the Town Collector on or before the close of business on Monday, May 1, 2017. The mooring permit renewal LATE period ends on May 1st, as it has each year since 2003. After May 1st, bylaws prohibit renewal of any unpaid mooring site and any unregistered sites will be immediately reassigned to the next appropriate person on the Dartmouth Mooring Waitlist.
The Operation of the Padanaram Bridge is controlled by the Dartmouth Department of Public Works. To request an opening of the span between October 31st and May 1st, you must contact the DPW at least four (4) hours in advance of the needed opening. Contact DPW during work hours at 508-999-0744.
The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries has opened certain areas NORTH of the Padanaram Bridge and Causeway to shellfishing.
Please note: The waters between the Town Pier at the Arthur F. Dias Landing and the Bandshell/Gazebo at Apponagansett Point remain CLOSED due to the relay of POLLUTED Quahog Stock from the Taunton River. This section, selected by DMF to remain closed for purification and reproduction of the stock until November of 2017, is marked by signs and an orange float/flag at the NW corner. Anyone caught harvesting, attempting to harvest, or being within this area with shellfish or harvesting equipment shall be prosecuted under felony criminal process.
If you have any questions about what areas are allowed or not allowed to be harvested from, it is your responsibility to contact a shellfish constable for clarification. MA Environmental Police as well as local enforcement authorities will devote enhanced security measures to this prohibited area.
The north side of Apponagansett Bay (Upper Padanaram Harbor) is seasonally closed from June 1st to November 1st each year by the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries. Within the north side is a one acre site (outlined on the map above) which will remain closed until the fall of 2018. This area, from the Pier at the Arthur F. Dias landing to the band-shell at Apponagansett Point, has been seeded with contaminated quahog stock relayed from the Taunton River.
This one-acre contaminated relay area must not be entered or harvested from when the remaining other north side areas open this fall. The contaminated relay area must remain closed to harvesting until the fall of 2017 by which time these quahogs will have purified themselves of any contaminants and had the opportunity to reproduce in our waters.
State Law prohibits harvesting in a contaminated closed area, making it an arrestable felony for anyone caught in the prohibited area. Enforcement by local authorities and State Environmental Police will be heightened during this specific closure.