Harbor and Shellfish Advisory Board
Three Governing Statements
Approved by the HSAB, September 2, 2008
Approved by the BOS, October 8, 2008
The Harbor and Shellfish Advisory Board was established by the Massachusetts Legislature (Acts 1976 Chap 495) which states in part:
“The Board shall make recommendations to the Board of Selectman of said town of persons to be appointed to the position of Harbormaster and Shellfish Warden. The Board shall recommend and advise the Selectmen concerning the duties and responsibilities of the Harbormaster and Shellfish Warden and the Board shall have other duties and responsibilities as may be necessary for the proper use and management of the water and shellfish of the Town of Nantucket.
Approved October 22, 1976”
The Mission of the Nantucket Harbor and Shellfish Advisory Board shall be to advise and make recommendations to the Board of Selectmen about the effective and appropriately balanced management and use of Nantucket’s marine resources both now and for the future.
To accomplish its Mission, the Nantucket Harbor and Shellfish Advisory Board will advise and make recommendations to the Board of Selectmen on ways to:
Oversee and ensure the sustainability of Nantucket’s natural marine resources for shellfishing, fishing, and other commercial and recreational activities, and to promote the broad biodiversity of Nantucket’s marine life;
Maintain and enhance the quality of Nantucket’s waters and ensure that the waters of Nantucket are protected from the harmful effects of human activity;
Ensure access to and balanced usage of Nantucket’s waters for recreational, family, and commercial uses;
Support the recommendations of any Harbor, Estuaries, Shellfish, Water Quality, Coastal Zone or similar management plan duly adopted by the Town, and to help implement such recommendations;