Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary can, through the issuance of a permit, allow people to conduct activities that would otherwise be prohibited under regulations.
Permits are generally issued by the Sanctuary Superintendent. Decisions on permit applications are guided by review criteria that are listed in the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries regulation . A common consideration for issuance of a permit is the permit applicant's professional and financial ability to perform the proposed activity in a manner that will ensure compliance with the permit. The Superintendent will also consider the methods being proposed by the applicant, the expected impacts of the activity on sanctuary resources, the benefits of the activity to the sanctuary, and whether or not the activity needs to take place within the sanctuary.
If you think you may need a permit to conduct an activity, you may download the guidelines, application, and contact information here.