Newburyport’s Improved Fishing Pier and Boat Access is Off the Hook!

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(Pictured left-right) State Senator Kathleen O’Connor-Ives, State Representative James Kelcourse, Department of Fish & Game Commissioner George Peterson, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matt Beaton, State Representative Leonard Mirra, Newburyport Mayor Donna Holaday and MOSES member, Fish & Game’s Assistant Director and Deputy Chief Engineer, Doug Cameron.

Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matt Beaton joined state and local officials, project leaders and anglers of all ages for a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the completion of significant improvements to the recreational fishing pier and boat access at Cashman Park in Newburyport, Mass. MOSES member Doug Cameron, assistant director with the Department of Fish & Game’s Office of Fishing and Boating Access, served as deputy chief engineer on the project.

Reconstruction of the sport fishing pier included a 21-foot, L-shaped extension, structural repairs, new decking and handrails, as well as measures to make the entire pier compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Also installed were new boarding floats, six feet wide and 132 feet long, on each side of the boat ramp to make launching and retrieval of boats easier and more efficient.

The Department of Fish & Game’s Office of Fishing and Boating Access (FBA) expended $1.25 million on 13 access projects in fiscal year 2015. FBA provides boating and fishing access opportunities along Massachusetts’ 1,200-mile seashore, as well as access to hundreds of lakes, ponds, rivers and streams in the Commonwealth. The agency oversees more than 290 boat and canoe launch sites, along with sport fishing areas and recreational fishing piers.