Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary
Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary
Diver Advisory Council

Sanctuary Advisory Council News

Next Council Meeting, October 4, 2018

What:  Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council Meeting.

When:  Thursday, October 4, 2018; 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Where:  University of Georgia's Skidaway Institute of Oceanography,
   10 Ocean Sceince Circle, John McGowan Library, Savannah, GA

Agenda:   Click here to view the Meeting Agenda.

Sanctuary advisory council meetings are open to the public and there will be a public comment period at approximately 3:30 pm.

Information:   Advisory Council Coordinator, Becky Shortland (; 912-598-2381).

The Gray's Reef Sanctuary Advisory Council was established in August 1999 to ensure continuous public participation in the management of the sanctuary. The Advisory Council's nineteen members represent a variety of volunteer and government stakeholders representing fishing, diving, conservation, science, education, citizens-at-large, and state and federal agencies.

Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary (GRNMS) protects a vibrant hard-bottom area off the Georgia coast. The reef's scattered rocky outcroppings and ledges provide homes for an abundance of marine life. Crabs, lobsters, soft corals, sponges, sea stars and other organisms form a dense carpet of living creatures, covering the nooks and crannies of Gray's Reef and giving it the name "live bottom." The reef attracts more than 200 species of fish, including black sea bass, snappers, groupers and mackerels. Loggerhead sea turtles, a threatened species, forage and rest year-round at Gray's Reef, and the reef is within the critical habitat and only known winter calving ground of the highly endangered North Atlantic right whale. The 22-square-mile sanctuary is the only protected natural reef and one of a few natural marine protected areas in the Atlantic Ocean between Cape Hatteras, North Carolina and Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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