Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary
Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary
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There are a variety of ways to become involved with Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary. The sanctuary hosts a number of ocean-oriented events throughout the year including reef clean ups, fish counts, art contests and festivals; see calendar and news and events for details. You can volunteer to help us at one of these events or join Team Ocean, (connects to team ocean) our corps of volunteer divers who help us monitor the marine debris in and around the sanctuary. Sanctuary Advisory Council meetings help connect the public to the policy making process and are open to the public, see calendar for dates and times.

There are also things you can do in your everyday life that not only help Gray's Reef but also benefit the health of the world's oceans. Your everyday actions do make a difference. Here's what you can do:

  1. Learn all you can about the oceans and reefs and especially Gray's Reef.

  2. Many marine animals mistake plastic bags and other forms of trash for food or may become entangled in it or die from eating it.

  3. Place all trash especially non-biodegradable plastics in proper receptacles.
  4. Puncture inflated balloons after use and dispose of properly.
  5. Protect wildlife by disposing of fishing lines and nets properly, not in or near the water.
  6. Volunteer to participate in beach and waterway cleanup whenever you can. If you dive, volunteer to participate in reef clean ups.


  7. The water we use comes from and eventually goes back into our watershed affecting our coastal and offshore waters including Gray's Reef. Conserve it and keep it clean.

  8. Use water sparingly when watering your lawn and washing your car as well as for all other household chores.
  9. Reduce, or better yet, eliminate the use of household non-biodegradable chemicals and detergents.
  10. Reduce, or better yet, eliminate the use of herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers on your lawns.
  11. Reduce automobile pollution by using carpools or alternative forms of transportation like bicycles. Drive fuel efficient vehicles. Recycle used motor oil and keep your vehicles in good working condition.
  12. Use native plants to reduce the amount of water needed for home and business landscaping purposes. Learn about xeriscaping, a way of landscaping your yard to use less water.
  13. Become involved in groups dedicated to helping keep waterways clean and free of pollution.


  14. Many pollutants from power plants become airborne and end up in the ocean through rain and other precipitation. By reducing the use of power in your home you can help protect our air and oceans.

  15. Turn off lights and appliances including the television when you are not in the room. Use energy saving light bulbs wherever you can.
  16. In the summer set the thermostat at 78 degrees F and in the winter set it at 68 degrees F.
  17. Inspect your wall outlets, windows and doors for air leaks.
  18. Use shades and / or curtains or insulated windows and doors to reduce heat transfers.
  19. Protect wildlife by not feeding sea animals including birds, sea turtles, dolphins and whales.
  20. Protect ocean woldlife by not disturbing the nests and nesting grounds of shore birds and sea turtles.

  21. The most fun part of fishing is catching. Help make sure there will be fish in your future to catch.

  22. Keep only fish that you will eat; release the rest.
  23. Take pictures of trophy fish and relase them properly.
  24. Practice ethical fishing methods by learning how to properly catch and release.
  25. Fish only species that are not of concern, threatened or endangered.

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