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.


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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

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Tune in for a guided 360 tour of Gray's Reef

Explore the colorful live-bottom reef along with sanctuary scientists via Facebook Live. On Tuesday, April 13th and 20th at 3:00 PM visit the Gray's Reef Facebook page to have a guided tour through some of the sanctuary's 360° photos. Learn more here.

 

 

 

Sanctuary Advisory council meeting on Thursday, April 15 2021

Tune in to the upcoming Sanctuary Advisory council meeting on Thursday, April 15 2021. The council will address recruitment for upcoming advisory council seats, presentation and discussion about potential mooring buoys in the sanctuary, a report from the Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (JEDI) Working Group, and council consideration of a request for input regarding the January 27 Presidential Executive Order, "Tackling the Climate Crisis." Registration is required. Learn more here.

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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.


Gray's Reef on the Road, A Traveling Exhibit

Gray's Reef on the Road, A Traveling Exhibit
Now Hosted by
Savannah Visitor's Center, 301 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Savannah, GA 31401


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