Maryland has artificial reef sites located in both Bay and ocean waters. These are collaborative projects with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the partner organizations of the Maryland Artificial Reef Initiative (MARI) and the Ocean City Reef Foundation (OCRF).
MARI is a volunteer organization including more than 60 private, state, and
federal partners dedicated to preserving, restoring and creating fish habitat in tidewater Maryland. MARI acts as a funding mechanism under an agreement with the Coastal Conservation Association Maryland using private and corporate donations for reef development.
OCRF works to build the reefs off Ocean City and, in partnership with MARI, accepts donations as a non-profit 501(c)(3) at www.ocreeffoundation.com.
For more general information on artificial reef projects and to view the MARI and OCRF reef coordinates, go to dnr2.maryland.gov/fisheries/Pages/reefs/index.aspx
- Call the hotline to report all (live or dead) stranded sea turtles or marine mammals including manatees, dolphins, whales, porpoise and seals.
- Do not touch, harass, feed or handle live or dead marine animals. Marine mammals and sea turtles are protected by federal and state laws that specify fines of up to $50,000, imprisonment, and/or vessel confiscation.
- Record your location using latitude/longitude, a street address, and a detailed description of your location including landmarks.
- Estimate and record the length, size, color, noticeable body parts, and any movement of the animal.
- Take photos of the animal.
- If possible, after reporting a stranding, stand by until a staff person contacts you.
- If calling from outside Maryland, please use:
- Live animals: 410-373-0083 (National Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Program)
- Dead animals: 443-758-6607 (DNR Sea Turtle and Marine Mammal Project)
- For more information, visit aqua.org/care/national-aquarium-animal-rescue
Sea turtles in Maryland include: Kemp’s Ridley, Loggerhead, Green and Leatherback