The Massachusetts Board of Underwater Archaeological Resources (BUAR) is the sole trustee of the Commonwealth's underwater heritage, promoting and protecting the public's interests in these resources for recreational, economic, environmental, and historical purposes. BUAR has six statutory appointees or their designees:
- State Archaeologist
- State Archivist
- Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Waterways Director
- Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Director
- Environmental Law Enforcement Director
- Massachusetts Historical Commission (MHC) Executive Director
BUAR also has three gubernatorial appointees: a marine archaeologist and two diving community representatives. Board members serve without compensation.
Current Board members are: State Archaeologist (designee: Lenny Loparto), State Archivist (designee: Terry French), DCR Director of Waterways (designee: Kevin Mooney), CZM Director (designee: Daniel Sampson), Director of Environmental Law Enforcement (designee: John Tulik or Jack Chapin), MHC Executive Director (designee: Jonathan Patton), a marine archaeologist (Graham McKay), and two diving community representatives (Marcie Bilinski and Gary Murad).
The statutory and regulatory responsibilities and day-to-day operations are implemented by BUAR's Director and Chief Archaeologist, Victor Mastone.