Historically, artificial reef development in Maryland's Chesapeake Bay and off the Atlantic Ocean coast occurred in three major phases: 1967-1996, 1997-2006, and 2007-2009.
Maryland Artificial Reef Initiative (MARI)
MARI includes over 60 private, state, and federal partners, and acts as a funding mechanism (using private and corporate donations) for reef development in Maryland. It is a volunteer organization dedicated to preserving, restoring and creating fish habitat in tidewater Maryland. Funding for MARI comes from the Coastal Conservation Association, Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the coalition of donors and partners.
MARI brings together a coalition of diverse stakeholders to accomplish meaningful and measurable goals that not only benefit the sport fishing industry but also provide priceless marine habitat. Yet, MARI goes well beyond creating marine habitats and improving the sport fishing industry in Maryland. The initiative offers a unique opportunity to bring progress to how Maryland's marine resources are managed.
You too can become part of this historic partnership to create reefs in Maryland by signing up to "buy a ton". Never before have the citizens of Maryland been able to help effect change than with this hands-on program. With your tax-deductible contribution, you can make a difference.
For more information on donating to MARI, please visit: http://www.ccamd.org/?page_id=127
Artificial Reef Committee (ARC)
The Maryland DNR Artificial Reef Committee (ARC) has the duty of advising the Director of Fisheries Service on all matters referred to the committee regarding the development, monitoring and management of artificial reefs in Maryland Bay and Ocean waters. For information on past and upcoming ARC meetings, see the Meeting summary links and 2010 schedule on the Artificial Reefs Homepage.
Maryland Artificial Reef Plan
To view the final Maryland Artificial Reef Plan without Appendix B, click here, it's about 1 megabyte in size. To view the final Maryland Artificial Reef Plan, including Appendix B(11 megabytes in size), click here.
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