Maritime Law Enforcement & Management


Responsibilities of Yarmouth harbor patrol officers include:
  • Enforcing state and local laws pertaining to recreational and commercial watercraft
  • Responding to vessels in distress / need of assistance
  • Performing safety checks to promote a safe boating environment

The Division has a patrol boat underway in Lewis Bay and Bass River throughout the summer season. In the winter months there is one patrol vessel ready for emergency deployment.

The full-time staff of the Harbormaster Department and the support staff from the Division of Natural Resources respond to law enforcement and rescue calls throughout the year.