We've been America's #1 Fishing Port since 1999!
Commercial Fishing at America's #1 Fishing Port
The Port of New Bedford is the home port for sea harvesters: scallop & lobster boats, trawlers, clammers, longliners and gil netters. We're proud of the role we play to support and protect the fishing industry.
New Bedford's fishing roots span three centuries. We celebrate both our heritage and our current status: From the #1 whaling port in the 1800s to America’s #1 fishing port since the start of the 21st century. Talk about a legacy of excellence, accomplishment and seamanship!
The Port of New Bedford is a deepwater commercial port with easy access to the maritime corridor from the Massachusetts coast, located on the northwestern side of Buzzard’s Bay approximately nine nautical miles from the Cape Cod shipping canal, 83 miles south of Boston and 166 miles north of New York.
Find everything you need for commercial fishing in this section, from using our facilities to a complete directory of port services, as well as permits, dockage rates, pier locations and more.
Take a tour of our Port
This explains the pages listed below:
- Our Commercial Fishing Industry paints a picture of America's #1 Fishing Port
- Harbor Maps lets you take a tour of our harbor and see its literal layout
- Rules and Regulations links you to the latest published edition
- Municipal Piers gives an overview of our piers, wharves and docks
- Port Services Directory provides a complete list of every marine service available in New Bedford
- Fishing Industry News discusses the challenges in the fishing industry
- Fishing for Energy provides and overview of our energy program
As of Oct. 16, 2012, the USCG will require proof of completion of the Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Exam.