Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary
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.

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.

The mission of Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary is to identify, protect, conserve, and enhance the natural and cultural resources, values and qualities of the sanctuary for current and future generations.

Coast Fest 2018


Sanctuary Advisory Council

Georgia's largest celebration of our state's coastal natural resources.
Saturday, October 6, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Sanctuary Advisory Council Meeting
October 4, 2018; 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Gray's Reef 2018 Research Cruise

Gray's Reef Research Cruise - July 31 - August 8, 2018.

Michelle Riley (l) and Tracy Hajduk (r)

GRNMS' own Michelle Riley (l) honored for worldwide livestream event
with Georgia PBS station.

GRNMS and the University of Georgia are searching for a multi-talented ocean steward and personnel manager to join the sanctuary team. If you are
interested, find out more about the position here.

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

Boat strikes are a leading cause of sea turtle injuries and mortalities.

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

Wisconsin - Lake Michigan Stellwagen Bank Mallows Bay - Potomac River Thunder Bay Channel Islands Cordell Bank American Samoa Florida Keys Flower Garden Gray Reef Greater Farallones Monitor Montereybay Hawaii Humpback Whales Olympic Coast Papahanaumokuakea

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