Artificial Fish Reef Program
The Maritime Administration Artificial Fish Reef Program was established in 1972 under Public Law 92-402, which authorized the Secretary of Commerce to transfer scrap Liberty ships in the NDRF to any state filing an application in accordance with the law's procedures. The law provided that the transfer was at no cost to the federal government and that the state take custody of the vessel "as-is-where-is". In addition, it provided for the states to salvage-strip the vessel in order to offset the costs of towing, preparation, and sinking. The law was amended in 1984 by Public Law 98-623 to include any obsolete vessel in the NDRF that was designated for scrapping and to give the Secretary of Transportation authority to transfer the vessel.