Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary
Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary
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Next Council Meeting, April 27, 2017

What:  Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council Meeting.

When:  Thursday, April 27, 2017; 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm.

Where:   Webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2368179098638377729

Sanctuary advisory council meetings are always open to the public and a public comment period is offered at 4:50 p.m.

Information:   Advisory Council Coordinator, Chris Hines (chris.hines@noaa.gov; 912-598-2397).

The Gray's Reef Sanctuary Advisory Council was established in August 1999 to ensure continuous public participation in the management of the sanctuary. The Advisory Council's nineteen members represent a variety of volunteer and government stakeholders representing fishing, diving, conservation, science, education, citizens-at-large, and state and federal agencies.

Designated in 1981, Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary is one of the largest near-shore live-bottom reefs off the southeastern United States, encompassing approximately 22 square miles. The live bottom and ledge habitat support an abundant reef fish and invertebrate community. Loggerhead sea turtles, a threatened species, also use Gray's Reef year-round for foraging and resting, and the sanctuary is located in the winter calving grounds of the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale.

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