What You Can Do
To Help Protect Our Oceans and Reefs,
Especially Gray's Reef
When you learn about something, you understand it; when you understand it, you respect it; and when you respect it, you protect it.
1) Learn all you can about the oceans and reefs and especially Gray's Reef. Explore the National Marine Sanctuary System .
Many marine animals mistake plastic bags and other forms of trash for food or may ecome entangled in it.
2) Puncture inflated balloons after use and dispose of properly.
3) Learn all you can about the oceans and reefs and especially Gray's Reef.
4) Protect wildlife by disposing of fishing lines and nets properly, not in or near the water.
The water we use comes from and eventually goes back into our watershed affecting our coastal and offshore waters including Gray's Reef. Conserve it and keep it clean.
5) Use water sparingly when watering your lawn and washing your car as well as for all other household chores.
6) Reduce or better yet eliminate the use of household no-biodegradable chemicals and detergents.
7) Reduce or eliminate the use of herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers.
8) Reduce automobile pollution by using carpools, using fuel efficient vehicles, recycling motor oil and keeping your vehicles in good working condition. Walk and bike when you can.
9) Use xeriscaping and native plants to reduce the amount of water needed for home and business landscaping purposes.
Many pollutants from power plants become airborne and end up in the ocean through rain and other precipitation. By reducing the use of power in your home you can protect our air and oceans.
10) Turn off lights and appliances including the television when you are not in the room.
11) In the summer set the thermostat at 78° F, and in the winter set it at 68° F or lower.
12) Inspect your wall outlets, windows and doors for air leaks.
13) Use shades and / or curtains or insulated windows and doors to reduce heat transfers.
Many animals may become dependent and / or are harmed by interactions with unkind humans.
14) Protect wildlife by not feeding sea animals including birds, sea turtles, dolphins and whales.
15) Protect ocean wildlife by not disturbing the nests and nesting grounds of shore birds and sea turtles.
The pleasure of fishing is catching and eating fresh fish. Help make sure there will be fish in your future to catch.
16) Keep only fish that you will eat; release the rest.
17) Take pictures of trophy fish and release them properly instead of mounting them.
18) Practice ethical fishing methods by learning how to properly catch and release.
19) Fish only species that are not overfished.
20) Know the size limits, bag limits and seasons of the fish you are catching.
Georgia regulations (inshore and to 3 miles offshore
Federal regulations (3-200 miles offshore)
Tuna, billfish, sharks and other highly migratory species