Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary
Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary

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Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary is Georgia's amazing underwater park. The natural live-bottom reef is teeming with marine life and is part of the endangered North Atlantic right whale's calving ground. Loggerhead turtles rest at the reef, where scientists have identified more than 200 fish species.

Gray's Reef was designated as a sanctuary on January 16, 1981, and is the only protected natural reef area on the continental shelf off the Georgia coast. The 22 square miles of Gray's Reef protects an area that is recognized nationally and internationally.

The mission of Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary is to identify, protect, conserve, and enhance the natural and cultural resources, values and qualities of the sanctuary for current and future generations.

Coastal Region Study Area


Tracking currents with drifters

What do you value about
Georgia's Coast?

Tracking currents with drifters and dye.

Skidaway Marine Science Day 2015


ROV Workshop for Educators

Skidaway Marine Science Day
Saturday, October 24


Intro to ROVs for Educators
November 6 & 7

Lionfish on Seafloor


Nautical Chart

The inaugural
'A Fishy Affair: Malicious...but Delicious'
was a huge success!


How do I get NOAA nautical charts?

Left: Aerial view of Mallows Bay (Photo: Don Shomette). Right: A diver swims over the two masted schooner, Walter B. Allen

Areas in Wisconsin and Maryland identified as possible national marine sanctuaries

13th Annual Gray's Reef Ocean Film Festival

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