Foundation and Partners
The sanctuary achieves lasting conservation and protection of our coastal and ocean resources through collaboration with a diverse range of partners, including state and local governments, non-governmental organizations, industry, academic and science institutions, local communities, and businesses. By leveraging the strengths of these collaborations, we can achieve much greater success than going it alone.
Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary Foundation
The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation supports Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary nationally and through a local chapter. We partner with the Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary Foundation to provide additional ways to discover Gray's Reef through education programs, conservation missions, public outreach events, and charitable giving campaigns.
NOAA Fisheries provides Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary with law enforcement and regulations for protected species within the sanctuary such as North Atlantic right whales and sea turtles. NOAA Fisheries is also represented on the Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council.
United States Coast Guard
The US Coast Guard supports Gray's Reef through emergency readiness training, fly overs, and their work on the Gray's Reef Sanctuary Advisory Council.
Georgia Department of Natural Resources - Coastal Resources Division
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources Coastal Resources Division (GADNR CRD) is a vital local partner in the management of Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary. GADNR CRD staff partner and support a variety of functional areas including scientific research, data management, community and stakeholder outreach, and enforcement. GADNR CRD is also represented on the Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council.
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is another vital local partner in the management of Gray's Reef, and works with the Gray's Reef team in conducting scientific research and stakeholder outreach.
South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council
With Gray's Reef located within the South Atlantic, the Gray's Reef team collaborates with the South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council on habitat and fisheries research, data management, stakeholder outreach, and citizen science projects.
University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography
Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary relies on a blended workforce of federal employees and state contractors to perform the scientific, resource protection, outreach, and administrative goals. In 2013, the institute merged with the University of Georgia (UGA), and continues to support the management and research missions specific to Gray's Reef including mapping and acoustic telemetry; as well as joint community outreach, and participation on the Gray's Reef Sanctuary Advisory Council.
University of Georgia Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant
Another local University of Georgia (UGA) partner supporting Gray's Reef is the University of Georgia Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant. Not only is the UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant a member of the Gray's Reef Sanctuary Advisory Council, but also an active partner for outreach and citizen science. Gray's Reef is also privileged to host multiple Georgia Sea Grant Fellows.
Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve
Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve (SINERR) located on Sapelo Island is not only the closest landmass to Gray's Reef, but the reef itself was once known as the Sapelo Live Bottom. While Gray's Reef and SINERR partner in ecological connectivity research due to proximity, SINERR also supports Gray's Reef outreach by hosting a Gray's Reef exhibit, and supports the management of Gray's Reef through their participation on the Sanctuary Advisory Council.
National Data Buoy Center
Gray's Reef is home to Station 41008 (LLNR 833), a buoy from the National Data Buoy Center. The buoy provides historical and real time sea state data to both researchers and recreational users.
Museums, aquaria, and visitor centers across the southeast U.S. host exhibits about the wonders of Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary.