Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary
Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary
Cannonball Jelly Resource Protection

Enforcement

Section 307 of the National Marine Sanctuaries Act authorizes NOAA to assess civil penalties for violations of sanctuary regulations. The Office of National Marine Sanctuaries supports an enforcement philosophy that fosters voluntary compliance through educating sanctuary users, and promoting a sense of stewardship toward the living and cultural resources of the sanctuary. The sanctuary program's goal is to provide a law enforcement presence in order to deter and detect violations.

The Office of National Marine Sanctuaries conducts its enforcement efforts through cooperative partnerships with other agencies. In addition to the U.S. Coast Guard , law enforcement in Gray's Reef is a cooperative partnership between the NOAA Office of Law Enforcement and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and is carried out by the GADNR Law Enforcement Team . Through a Joint Enforcement Agreement, state officers are deputized to enforce Federal and state regulations, including sanctuary regulations.

GRNMS Deputy Superintendent, Greg McFall (L) GADNR CPL Jessee Cook (R)
GADNR RFC Mark Carson (L) and GRNMS Superintendent, George Sedberry (R)

GRNMS Deputy Superintendent, Greg McFall (L) GADNR CPL Jesse Cook (R)

GADNR RFC Mark Carson (L) and GRNMS Superintendent, George Sedberry (R)

     Georgia Department of Natural Resources officers CPL Jesse Cook and RFC Mark Carson were presented plaques in appreciation for their work on a February, 2008 case in connection with anchoring in the sanctuary.

It is illegal to anchor in the sanctuary except in an emergency.


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