Maine, Coast Guard Form Safety Cooperation Agreement

A vessel examiner assisting passengers off a power boat prior to conducting a vessel safety check. Photo/USCG

Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and Department of Marine Resources, Bureau of Marine Patrol signed a memorandum of agreement with the U.S. Coast Guard First District on May 5 that will set the framework and procedures for the relationship between the Coast Guard and Maine.

The agreement defines how the state and Coast Guard will work together to oversee recreational boating safety programs, including mutual enforcement of laws relating to recreational boating safety on waters within concurrent jurisdiction of the State of Maine and the United States.

The agreement also assists the agencies in exchanging relevant information on law enforcement, boating safety and search-and-rescue incidents to enhance success for each organization.

“This partnership unifies Maine and Coast Guard efforts to make waterways safer for all recreational boaters, including canoes, kayaks, powerboats, sailing vessels, stand-up paddle boards, and many other vessels found on our waters,” said Walt Taylor, the recreational boating safety program manager for the First Coast Guard District.

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