Review of coastal alteration projects

If you're building in the coastal zone, DMF reviews and provides recommendations to avoid and minimize impacts to the marine fisheries resources and habitats of the Commonwealth.

Technical Environmental Review Program

DMF's Technical Environmental Review Program serves to protect the marine fisheries resources of the Commonwealth. 

There are 7 categories of projects and activities that are generally reviewed by the program:

  • Docks & piers
  • Dredging and dredge material disposal
  • Fill projects - revetments, bulkheads, ramps, highway projects
  • Beach nourishment
  • Harbor development and wastewater planning
  • Cables and pipelines
  • Renewable energy - wind mills, tidal power

DMF biologists work with state, federal, and local agencies to:

  • Review project proposals
  • Design directed surveys
  • Provide technical assistance
  • Submit formal recommendations for the avoidance, minimization, and mitigation of impacts
  • Avoid and minimize impacts through project modifications, sequencing, and time of year
  • Recommend options for compensatory mitigation or habitat restoration for unavoidable impacts


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    Request a review of your project

    To request a review of your project, contact one of our area biologists.

    North Shore biologists - North of Cohasset (including Hull and Hingham)

    South Shore biologists - Cohasset and south (including Cape Cod and the Islands)

    Additional reports

    Cape Cod Dredging Recommendations: For digital files in ArcGIS, please contact Dr. Kathryn Ford at or (508) 742-9749.

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