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Be a Volunteer Reef Diver

Help Keep an Eye on Reef Populations

An American Lobster protecting it's lair
An American lobster (Homarus americanus) protecting its lair
in one of the many rock piles on the Atlantic Beach Reef.
Lobster easily blend in with the colonized reef rock which
is home to bryozoans, sponges and corals. Rock provides
very stable and durable reef building habitat for both
structure associated finfish and crustacean species.
Photo by Christopher LaPorta.

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

Print or download a copy of the Artificial Reef Diver Log (PDF) (351 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.

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

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