Effective marine resource protection and conservation bridges all boundaries and borders. Our partnerships with constituents - users, researchers, educators, and other federal and state agencies - are a critical element of sanctuary management.
Our partners include NOAA Fisheries Service, United States Coast Guard, Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GADNR), South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR), South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC), Skidaway Institute of Oceanography (SkIO) and the University System of Georgia among many others.
Gray's Reef relies on collaboration with sanctuary partners to enforce sanctuary regulations, maximize the use of research, education and management funds, eliminate duplication of efforts and effectively manage its nationally valuable resources.
Gray's Reef has exhibit partnerships with Tybee Island Marine Science Center (Tybee Island, near Savannah, GA), the Fernbank Museum of Natural History (Atlanta, GA), the University of Georgia's Marine Education Center and Aquarium (MAREX) (on Skidaway Island, near Savannah, GA.), Georgia Southern University (Statesboro, GA.), and the South Carolina Aquarium (Charleston, SC). Each of these facilities hosts an exhibit about Gray's Reef, its environment, the marine life found there and its importance within the National Marine Sanctuary Program.
Exhibits range from dioramas to tanks with live animals and invertebrates to interactive and videos. Gray's Reef continues to expand its exhibit outreach.