2023 Get Into Your Sanctuary Photo Contest

May 26, 2023 through September 4, 2023


Gray's Reef
National Marine Sanctuary

Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary is an ocean park teeming with life. The natural live-bottom habitats of the sanctuary are representative of others across the region. The sanctuary provides year-round opportunities for sport fishing, recreational diving, and boating. The research area within the sanctuary hosts one of the only designated no-take zones in the region, which makes Gray's Reef a catalyst for scientific research studying water quality, ocean noise, hurricane prediction, and climate change.


The front of the Gray's Reef Ocean Discovery Center in Savannah, Georgia.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Education & Outreach Specialist

Join the Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary and Skidaway Institute of Oceanography staff as the Education & Outreach Specialist supporting daily operations of the Gray's Reef Ocean Discovery Center in downtown Savannah, GA. Apply here.

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Get Involved

Volunteer to support your national marine sanctuary.

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Visit the Ocean Discovery Center

Located in downtown Savannah, Georgia, the Ocean Discovery Center lets you explore the sanctuary without getting your feet wet.

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Plan a fishing or diving trip to the sanctuary

Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary offers opportunities for fishing and diving throughout the year.


Immerse yourself in the ocean and your national marine sanctuaries without getting wet!

Dive Into Gray's Reef

National Marine Sanctuary System

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The Office of National Marine Sanctuaries serves as the trustee for a network of underwater areas encompassing more than 620,000 square miles of marine and Great Lakes waters from Washington state to the Florida Keys, and from Lake Huron to American Samoa. The network includes a system of 15 national marine sanctuaries and Papahānaumokuākea and Rose Atoll marine national monuments.