Click here to read the Marin Independent Journal April 23, 2023 article regarding the restart of the Vessel Buyback Program.
On April 13, 2023, the Richardson Bay Regional Agency Board of Directors approved the reinstatement of the Vessel Buyback Program.
On June 23, 2022 the Board of Directors of the Richardson Bay Regional Agency approved a Vessel Buy Back Program. Earlier in the month, the RBRA delivered the first four checks to boat owners as part of the program, which incentivizes removing anchored vessels from environmentally sensitive waters.
The Vessel Buyback program offers eligible participants money based on the length of their boat ($150 per foot) to move their vessels off an established Eelgrass Protection Zone (EPZ) and other parts of Richardson Bay. The program also conforms with an Agreement reached between the RBRA and the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), which calls for removal of all illegally anchored vessels from Richardson Bay by October 2026.