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Be a Volunteer Reef Diver

Help Keep an Eye on Reef Populations

Mandy Ray vessel
The 120 foot steel trawler Mandy Ray was
sunk in 1998 on the Shinnecock Reef.

The DEC Marine Artificial Reef Monitoring Program can benefit from the observations made by divers to learn what is happening on the various artificial reefs sites. Divers can help DEC by recording specific details of each dive, such as environmental conditions and types and numbers of animals they see.

The recorded information can help monitor the benefit of these reefs to the recreational fishing and diving communities and can also document local abundance of fish, lobsters, and other marine animals. Furthermore, the personal dive observations you provide will help the DEC to develop a more effective artificial reef program that can enhance future diving and fishing opportunities in New York's marine waters.

How to Participate

Mandy Ray vessel underwater
The wheelhouse of the sunken vessel
Mandy Ray has been colonized by a variety of
organisms, including anemones, bryozoans and

Print or download a copy of the Artificial Reef Diver Log (PDF) (301 KB) to take with you on your next diving adventure. Record your observations and submit the completed log to DEC's Artificial Reef Program by one of the following methods:

  • Mail: send to the address found in the right sidebar of this page (with Attn: Artificial Reef Program)
  • Fax: (631) 444-0449
  • E-mail

Volunteer Reef Anglers

We are also looking for participants in the volunteer reef angler program. Please check out the online volunteer angler form if you would like to participate as an angler.

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