Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary is one of the largest near-shore live-bottom reefs of the
southeastern United States.
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.