Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary
Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary







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Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary
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Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary is one of the largest near-shore live-bottom reefs of the southeastern United States. It's just one of the 14 national marine protected areas that make up the National Marine Sanctuary System and is governed by the National Marine Sanctuaries Act. It is managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Gray's Reef was designated as a sanctuary on January 16, 1981, and is the only protected natural reef area on the continental shelf off the Georgia coast. The 22 square miles of Gray's Reef protects an area that is recognized nationally and internationally.
Suggested weighted markers

New management plan
allowing weighted marker buoys
promotes safe diving practices in
Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary
Effective August 18, 2014

Latest Sanctuary News

NOAA releases new management plan for Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary
with New exemption for marker buoys finalized.

Gray's Reef and Skidaway Institute take part in worldwide ocean sampling.

UGA trash tracker a treasure.

NOAA announces updated process for nominating new national marine sanctuaries.

The Sanctuary Classic, Summer 2014 - Reel 'em in, ready the shot & release!.

Tracking Currents with Drifters and Dye.

Sanctuary Program Report: Reporting period February 2014 - May 2014.

Current-tracing dye and drifters released to Altamaha River and offshore.

Coastal Boaters: Watch for Sea Turtles and Manatees!

Ancient Juvenile Whales Left Clues in Georgia Waters.

Free South Atlantic Fishing Regulations App for Android in Google Play!

Free South Atlantic Fishing Regulations App for iPhone in the App Store!




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