Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary
is one of the largest near-shore live-bottom reefs of the
southeastern United States. It's just one of the 14 national marine protected areas that make up the
National Marine Sanctuary System
and is governed by the
National Marine Sanctuaries Act.
It is managed by the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
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.