Advocacy

advocating for our local marine environment

The Westport Fishermen’s Association’s advocacy efforts focus on the marine habitat of the Westport River and its tributaries. We work on issues related to improving water quality, enhanced fish passage and preventing negative impacts on stream flow and habitat.

Current projects:
  • Field study of collapsing Salt Marshes in the Westport River.
    Partnering with the Coalition for Buzzards Bay, Woods Hole Marine Biological Lab and Buzzards Bay Estuary Project to assess loss of salt marshes and the causes. Excess Nitrogen is definitely one factor. Final report released: Saltmarsh_loss_report_FINAL
  • Nitrogen Reduction Bylaw proposal.
    Working with other advocates on drafting a bylaw or regulation to reduce the nitrogen overload in the Westport River.
  • Forge Pond Fish Ladder.
    Evaluating a proposed plan from Division of Marine Fisheries and exploring options to work with property owner on the project to allow fish passage upstream of Forge Pond.
  • Appeal of a well project near Angeline Brook
    Signed on with Coalition for Buzzards Bay to appeal state approval of public water supply well that is likely to negatively impact a  premier sea-run brook trout stream.