• Salem Maritime National Historic Site

    Salem Maritime

    National Historic Site Massachusetts

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  • Fishing Prohibition on Hold

    On 8/20/14 the park issued a rule change prohibiting fishing throughout the park due to concerns over water quality and visitor safety. The fishing prohibition is now on hold, pending further review - click for more information. More »

Laws & Policies

The current prohibition on fishing in the park is on hold. Fishing may continue until further notice in observance of all relevant state and local regulations. On 8/20/14 the park issued a rule change prohibiting fishing throughout the park due to concerns over water quality and visitor safety.

Concerned members of the public are invited to comment at a public meeting on September 22nd, 2014 at 7pm, held at St. Joseph Hall, 2nd Floor, 160 Derby Street, Salem MA.

The recent policy change prohibiting fishing in the park is for the following reasons:

  • The mixed sewer and stormwater system in Salem releases levels of Enterococci (a bacteria) from the Derby Wharf storm drain that routinely exceed the EPA standard. (Enterococcus <104 CFU/100mL for single sample, or if the geometric mean of the most recent five samples <35 CFU/100mL). Enterococci is commonly associated with urinary tract infections, bacteremia, bacterial endocarditis, diverticulitis, and meningitis.
  • Derby Wharf is the most frequented public walkway and trail within the park. Fishing activities have deposited additional trash and unsafe objects (fishhooks, etc.) along the this busy trail. Park management is concerned about trash from fishing activities and the potential health and safety hazard to visitors walking along the trail from to fish hooks, rod casting and other fishing equipment.

The park is currently in consultation with the Massachusetts Environmental Police to discuss the fishing issues along Derby Wharf, including our significant concerns about the unsafe levels of Enterocci bacteria in the water. This consultation will be factored into any future change or modification of the current fishing prohibition.

Fishing activities in the park are established by the Superintendent's Compendium, a collection the relevant federal rules and regulations governing public use of the park. The Compendium is subject to change and future modification on an annual basis. Public comments about the Superintendent's Compendium are welcomed - all comments are reviewed and considered as part of this annual review. Write Superintendent, Salem Maritime National Historic Site, 160 Derby Street, Salem MA 01970 if you have additional comments or questions on this matter.

Superintendent's Compendium
The Superintendent's Compendium is a collection the relevant rules and regulations for the park. View or download the complete 2014 Superintendent's Compendium [PDF, 176k].

The Superintendent's Compendium addresses park-specific issues using Federal authority granted to the superintendent in Title 36 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Parts 1 through 7. The CFR is a codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the Executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government. Under 36 CFR 1.7(b), "the superintendent shall compile in writing all the designations, closures, permit requirements and other restrictions imposed under discretionary authority. This compilation shall be updated annually and made available to the public upon request." The larger body of NPS regulations that do not provide discretionary authority to the Superintendent is not cited in this compendium. A complete and accurate picture of regulations governing use and protection of the unit can only be gained by viewing this compendium in context with the full body of applicable regulations found in Titles 36 and 43 CFR.

The use of unmanned aerial devices, also known as drones, is prohibited within the boundaries of Salem Maritime National Historic Site.

Firearms in National Parks
The law governing possession of firearms inside a national park changed on February 22, 2010. Visitors may possess firearms within a national park unit provided they comply with federal, state, and local laws. The role of the responsible gun owner is to know and obey the federal, state, and local laws appropriate to the park they are visiting. Please remember that federal law prohibits firearms in certain park facilities and buildings. These places are marked with signs at public entrances.

Did You Know?

A redware plate with a yellow design, a blue and white Chinese teacup, and a brown and white bowl were found in pieces

In the mid-1970s, archaeologists found over 130,000 artifacts in the backyard of the Narbonne House at Salem Maritime NHS.