NEWPORT, R.l. (WPRI) — Recreational and commercial boaters are being reminded by the Naval Station in Newport that all of the Narragansett Bay is not open territory.
Three areas exist that are along the shoreline and out into the bay surrounding the Naval Station Newport are off-limits, officials said. The Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) regularly conducts operations that include testing equipment and analysis in that water.
The following restricted areas are described in the Code of Federal Regulations list put forward by the U.S. Government:
- 33 C.F.R. 334.80: The Narragansett Bay area has been a restricted area for boats and swimmers since 1968. Extensive cable systems are located within that area that span from the south of Gould Island northward past Prudence Island. According to the Naval Station, NUWC runs tests in this area.
- 33 C.F.R. 334.81: The Narragansett Bay, East Passage, and Coddington Cave area has been restricted since 2002. Only noted exceptions for federal entities and state/local law enforcement can pass through this area.
- 33 C.F.R. 334.82: The Narragansett Bay, East Passage, and Coasters Harbor Island has been restricted since 2004, only noted exceptions are allowed in these waters. This section also includes the Naval Station Newport Marina, where individuals with an official Department of Defense I.D. or is physically escorted by someone with an I.D. can enter.
For more information about the Naval Station Newport, visit their website.