Massachusetts coastal communities are divided into six enforcement regions encompassing approximately 1,500 square miles. Offshore enforcement adds an additional 2,500 square miles of territorial waters to the Environmental Police's jurisdiction. Coastal officers monitor fishing and other activities both on land and at sea.
Officers patrol coastal waters conducting investigations of illegal fishing practices, marine theft cases, and enforcement of boat registration and titling requirements.
The coastal force mediates disputes between competing fishing interests such as draggers, gill-netters, lobster men, and recreational anglers. In addition, coastal officers closely monitor fish markets, processing facilities, shellfish digging, and Off-Highway Vehicle use on beaches.