New Directions in Atlantic Artificial Reef Development

by Joseph M. McGurrin, Artificial Reef Development Cent, Washington, DC, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


The National Fishing Enhancement Act (PL 98-623) of 1984 placed a new emphasis on the role of artificial reefs in fishery development and management. Subsequently, the growth of marine sport fishing and diving has since led to a dramatic expansion of Atlantic coast artificial reef development. The Atlantic states have acknowledged that artificial reefs can offer increased fishing opportunities for commercial and recreational interests, boost the economies of coastal communities, and still be compatible with other marine activities. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Artificial Reef Development Center (ARDC), and the the Atlantic State Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) and its member states have joined forces in forming the ASMFC Interstate Artificial Reef Program. The goal of the Interstate Artificial Reef Program is to promote effective artificial reef fishery development and provide information to satisfy present and upcoming artificial reef management needs.

Subject Headings: Reefs and sills | Information management | Fish management | Islands | Aquatic habitats | Water-based recreation

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