Harbor & Shellfish Advisory Board

Regular Meetings
  • 5 p.m.
  • 1st and 3rd Tuesday
  • 4 Fairgrounds Road
    Community Room
    Nantucket, MA 02554
Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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About the Board
  • Harbor and Shellfish Advisory Board three governing statements
  • Approved by the HSAB, September 2, 2008
  • Approved by the BOS, October 8, 2008
Enabling Legislation
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”

Mission Statement
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.

Guiding Principles
To accomplish its Mission, the Nantucket Harbor and Shellfish Advisory Board will advise and make recommendations to the Board of Selectmen on ways to
  • Ensure access to and balanced usage of Nantucket’s waters for recreational, family, and commercial uses
  • 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
  • Oversee and ensure the sustainability of Nantucket’s natural marine resources for shell fishing, fishing, and other commercial and recreational activities, and to promote the broad biodiversity of Nantucket’s marine life
  • 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
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