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Be a Volunteer Reef Angler

Help Us Angle for Information

angler holding a black sea bass
Angler holds his black sea bass catch,
a common fish found on New York's
artificial reefs.
~Photo courtesy of Capt. Neil Delanoy~

The DEC Reef Monitoring Program is looking for anglers to record their catch while fishing New York's artificial reefs. Reef angler surveys help DEC keep track of fish catches from year to year and also monitor the effectiveness of the reefs.

By sharing a record of your catch, you can help DEC in many aspects, including monitoring fishing effort, discovering what fish are visiting the reef, and determining the benefit of these reefs to the New York fishery.

How To Participate

angler holding a tautog/blackfish
Angler holds his prized blackfish catch
from one of New York's reefs.
~Photo courtesy of Capt. Neil Delanoy~

Print or download a copy of the Artificial Reef Angler Log (PDF) (235 KB) to take with you on your next fishing adventure. Record your catch 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 Diver Program

We are also looking for participants in the volunteer reef diver program. Please check out the online volunteer reef diver log if you would like to participate as a diver.

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