The Maryland Artificial Reef Initiative (MARI) recently celebrated its one year anniversary. During MARI's first year, the coalition of more than 50 conservation, businesses, and government partners successfully raised more than $1.4 million to support the creation and monitoring of artificial reefs for fish habitat throughout Maryland's waters.
"Creating fish habitat not only helps to restore the Chesapeake Bay, but also benefits recreational opportunities and our local economy,"� said Bill Goldsborough, Maryland Artificial Reef Committee Chairman and Chesapeake Bay Foundation Fisheries Program Director.
Individuals can help with reef projects across the State by "buying a ton"� via a tax-deductible donation to the Maryland Artificial Reef Initiative. The Maryland Artificial Reef Initiative was created in early 2007 to raise funds to facilitate development of marine habitat enhancement projects. For more information visit www.ccamd.org/MARI/MARI_home.htm.