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Monterey Harbor Update
 March 2015

In This Issue
California Dock Replacement
NOAA Charts
Green Boating Practices
No Smoking
California Fish and Wildlife
Maritime Institute - Monterey Classes
Porta Potty's
Wharf 1 California Dock Replacement March 15th through the 23rd

Special Notice:


Notice Date:   March 5, 2015


To:     Theater and Rappas Dingy Dock Users Only

From:  Harbormasters Office


Dingy Dock Use and Access Closure March 15th - 23rd - Sunday through Monday. 


The City of Monterey is replacing the California Dock Section of Old Fisherman's Wharf. This section connects the Theater Dingy Dock, Gangways/Ramps, and the Rappas Dingy Dock. A total of 169 feet of dock will be replaced. The new dock is designed and constructed by Bellingham Marine. The concrete floating dock is of similar design as the current marina docks. During this installation period there will be no access to the Theater and Rappas dingy dock areas. For those boaters that need use of their dingy's, the harbor office will assign locations within the marina for access during this time period. For space assignments contact the Harbor Office at 831-646-3950. Please be advised if you need to use your dingy that is now located either at Rappas Dock or Theater Dock, between March 15th and March 23rd they must be moved into the marina before March 15th. The scheduled reopening of the area is Monday, March 23, 2015.


Thank you,

Steve Scheiblauer, Harbormaster 



Coast Survey Adjusts Small-Craft Nautical Charts




Boaters who use NOAA's small-craft charts will notice changes over the next few years. In recognition of the increasing popularity of smart phones and cruising guides as sources of information about facilities, Coast Survey will drop the facilities table that was historically printed with paper small-craft charts and displayed on raster navigational charts. When Coast Survey first began providing information about boating facilities decades ago, boaters traveling long distances had few sources of information about the public services offered by marine facilities. Nowadays, however, up-to-date information is as close as the smart phone in the captain's vest. NOAA cartographers will gradually remove the facilities tables as they update the charts with new data and publish new editions. The process will likely take five years or more.

Contact Person: John.Nyberg@noaa.gov


Charles M. Wahle, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist
NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center
Monterey, CA
(p)  831.647.6460, (c)  831.238.2244

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Green Boating Guidelines
Boater Responsibility
Boaters play an important role in protecting the health of California's
waterways. Boat sewage, graywater, cleaning products, spilled fuel and oil, trash and aquatic invasive species are all potential sources of pollution. Government alone cannot protect California's environment. Every boater must take responsibility for pollution prevention and try to minimize the environmental and public health impacts from boating activities. There are a couple of publications addressing soaps and cleaning solutions worth review. They include methods of how to minimize introduction of chemicals and particulates to surrounding waters. The information is comprehensive and offers boaters several ways to protect vessels and the environment at the same time. 

2.2.1 Deck Washdown and Runoff and Above Water Line Hull Cleaning 
Coastal Commission and State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways:

For additional information on green boating guidelines beyond that contained in this booklet, visit the following Web site:
Safe Boating Classes

About Boating Safely

  • General information about boats and maintenance Coast Guard Emblem
  • Information on preparing for safe and enjoyable outings
  • Navigation rules and aids to navigation
  • Guidelines for operating your boat or PWC safely
  • What to do in case of boating emergencies
  • State-specific laws and regulations you must follow
  • Certificate for successful course completion

In general, this information applies to all recreational watercraft (powerboats, PWCs, sailboats and boats which are paddled). PWC and Jet Ski operators often have additional laws and restrictions which apply to them.





Click this link for more information

Safe Boating Classes


The Harbor Staff
City of Monterey - Office of the Harbormaster

(831) 646-3950 
(831) 594-7760 
(831) 647-7300

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Smoking in Restrooms and Marina facilities

No Smoking 


Please do not smoke inside of any marina building, including bathrooms, at any time. Furthermore, cold cigarette butts are to be disposed of in trash receptacles. Monterey is a certified Green Marina and any cigarettes that are discarded into the harbor or onto the docks pose a direct threat to the wildlife and detract from the scenic beauty of our beautiful home!


City of Monterey Smoking Ordinance


Cal Fish and Wildlife

California is a great place to fish!

To help you plan your fishing day, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has developed the Fishing Guide.

It allows you to see many of California's excellent fishing spots and learn about various fishing-related activities and information.

The Fishing Guide contains fish planting locations that Fish and Wildlife has recently planted or plans to plant in the coming weeks.

The Fishing Guide also contains historical fishing locations that at one time provided excellent fishing opportunities.

We plan to add additional information over time, such as Fishing Regulations, License Sales locations, and more.


Maritime Institute Courses in Monterey

The Maritime Institute is your complete source for U.S. Coast Guard approved courses for the recreational, professional, military, and law enforcement professional. Our curriculum covers everything from the basic maritime rules of the road, to the OUPV/6-Pack and Upper Tonnage Captain's Licenses (Master 100, 200, 500 & 1600 GT and 3rd Mate).


Call toll free to
888-262-8020, or 619.225.1783 and one of our friendly staff members will answer any questions you may have. Our office hours are 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday though Friday. 

Porta Potty's and Marinas 
Porta Potty's require the user to empty the contents from time to time. The only way to empty one in or around the marina is to dump the contents into a toilet. This is where the harbor is having some issues. The emptying process into a toilet has recently resulted in the boaters bathrooms becoming unusable until building maintenance has cleaned up the toilets. We discourage the use of Porta Potty's in the harbor as there is no good way to empty these systems other than at RV parks that have receptacle bowls specially built for their use.  

Please remember washing or using a hose to remove the waste into the harbor waters is prohibited. Thank you 
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