Officials Determine Menemsha Pond Anchoring Rules


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The deepening of the channel into Menemsha Pond, which has shoaled to less than 3’ in some spots over the years, has officials from Aquinnah and Chilmark, town shellfish constables, and Wampanoag Tribe members concerned about a rise in boat traffic in the pond, which is which is federally designated as a Harbor of Refuge and serves as a shellfish aquaculture site, according to an article in the Martha’s Vineyard Times.

At a recent meeting, officials from the two towns and the tribe met to discussed the overall management of Menemsha Pond, and decided that while large vessels will be allowed to anchor in designated areas inside the pond, no overnight anchoring will be allowed. Recreational boats must leave the pond by 7:00 p.m. or face a fine. Officials also voted to establish a clearly marked anchorage in the pond.

The Army Corps is authorized to dredge the channel to a depth of 8’ at low mean tide and a width of 80’ from between the jetties that protect the Menemsha Harbor entrance, past West Basin and the red nun, and past Long Point and into Menemsha Pond.

Read more about the dredging of Menemsha Pond and the new anchoring rules.


Read more about visiting Menemsha Harbor by boat.

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A fishing boat enters Menemsha Harbor. Photo/New England Boating, Tom Richardson.