Gray's Reef News & Events

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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.

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Gray's Reef celebrates 40th anniversary in 2021

2021 marks four decades of ocean protection with the designation of Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary. Since designation, fishers, divers, scientists, ocean conservationists and many others have discovered the hidden gems and marine wildlife within the sanctuary. Gray's Reef has multiple ways you can celebrate this milestone and help protect the live bottom habitat for decades to come! Click here to learn more.

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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.

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Sea turtles in Gray's Reef

Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary is an important habitat for sea turtles year round. The ledges and overhangs of the reef provide sea turtles with places to rest and forage for food.

For Media

Members of the press are invited to contact the sanctuary for staff interviews, photos, videos or other assistance.

For more information about the sanctuary, contact Michelle Riley, Communications and Public Outreach Coordinator, at or (912)-598-2417.