The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries
Conservation Boat Mooring Recommendations in Eelgrass and Other
Sensitive Aquatic Habitats
June 10, 2019
The Division of Marine Fisheries (MA DMF) defines conservation moorings as boat and float moorings,
where all parts of the mooring rode floats off the bottom at all times. MA DMF recommends replacing
conventional chain moorings with conservation moorings in eelgrass (Zostera marina) and other
sensitive habitats to protect valuable natural resources, according to the guidelines described below.