Artificial Reef

MARI Logo About the Maryland Artificial Reef Initiative

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.

History of the Maryland Artificial Reef Initiative & Committee

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.

Click here for more information on donating to MARI.

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

Here is the final Maryland Artificial Reef Plan without Appendix B (1 MB). Here is the final Maryland Artificial Reef Plan, including Appendix B (11 MB).

If you would like further information, please contact Erik Zlokovitz at erik.zlokovitz@maryland.gov.

  • Bay Reef Flier w/ MARI Index
  • O.C. Reef Chart (Poster Size)
  • O.C. Reef Foundation Flier
  • Bay Reef Locations w/ coordinates
  • Ocean Reef Locations w/ coordinates

  • MARI is currently taking donations. These donations help to build artificial reefs throughout the Chesapeake. Donate Here

    Current Artificial Bay Reefs

    • Pooles Island
    • Tolchester
    • Gales Lumps
    • Memorial Stadium
    • Love Point
    • Hackett Point/Dolly's Lump
    • Severn River (off Jonas Green Park Fishing Pier)
    • Cedarhurst
    • Hollicut's Noose
    • Holland Point
    • Chesapeake Beach
    • Tilghman Island
    • Cook Point Reefball Site
    • Plum Point
    • Sharps Island (discontinued)
    • Gooses
    • Taylors Island
    • Little Cove Point
    • Cedar Point
    • Point No Point
    • Point Lookout
    • Janes Island
    • Tangier Sound
    • Asquith

    Current Artificial Ocean Reefs

    • Bob Mason Reef
    • Purnell' s Reef
    • Kelly' s Reef / Little Gull
    • Russell's Reef / Great Gull
    • Isle of Wight Reef ("IOW")
    • Research Reef
    • Bass Grounds (2 Boxes)
    • African Queen Reef
    • Great Eastern Reef
    • Jackspot Reef
    • USS Radford/Del-Jersey-Land

    MARI Reef 

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