National marine sanctuary offices and visitor centers closed to the public; waters remain open

NOAA's national marine sanctuary offices and visitor centers are currently closed to the public, and in accordance with Executive Order 13991 - Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask Wearing, all individuals in NOAA-managed areas are required to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on mask-wearing and maintaining social distances. Sanctuary waters remain open for responsible use in accordance with CDC guidance, U.S. Coast Guard requirements, and local regulations. More information on the response from NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries can be found on sanctuaries.noaa.gov/coronavirus/.

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 Georgia's amazing underwater park. The natural live-bottom reef is teeming with marine life and is part of the endangered North Atlantic right whale's calving ground. Loggerhead turtles rest at the reef, where scientists have identified more than 200 fish species.


Latest sanctuary news

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Sanctuary Advisory Council meeting on Monday, November 8, 2021

Tune in to the upcoming Sanctuary Advisory council meeting on Monday, November 8, 2021. The council will elect new officers, receive briefings on revised advisory council charter, status of recruitment efforts, and status report from the council's 30x30 Subcommittee. Learn more here.

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Advisory Council recruiting five seats

Available seats include sport fishing, sport diving, citizen-at-large, research (non-living resources), and conservation. These seats are open to any member of the public to serve on the voluntary advisory council. Application packet and additional information can be found here.

 

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Estimating Fishing and Diving Use at Gray's Reef by Listening to Boats

In Gray's Reef, stationary sound traps record boat noise to help managers understand how and when visitors are using the sanctuary. Across the nation's underwater parks, SanctSound has led to some interesting discoveries on sounds in the sanctuaries. Read the full story. Visit the Story map.

2021 Georgia Scavenger Hunt to the Sea

Welcome scavenger hunters! Click here to complete your passport for the 2021 Georgia Scavenger Hunt to the Sea

 

 

 

Loggerhead

Boaters urged to slow down, watch out for Sea Turtles and North Atlantic Right Whales

Be aware, and be prepared to slow down or steer clear.

Boat strikes are a leading cause of injuries and mortalities to sea turtles and right whales.

To learn more click here.


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Explore sea turtles at Gray's Reef

This interactive StoryMap describes the turtle species found at Gray's Reef and the ongoing research happening in the sanctuary. Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary is an important habitat for sea turtles year round. Click here to explore.



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