Under the National Marine Sanctuaries Act (NMSA) , Gray's Reef was established to protect one of the nation's
most valued marine areas. Our challenge is to balance the primary purpose of resource protection with other commercial, recreational, cultural, scientific, and educational uses that are compatible with resource protection.
National marine sanctuaries belong to all of us, and we acknowledge the responsibility to preserve this special place for our children, and their children. Protecting our
coasts and oceans is as important for people living in Iowa, Kansas, or Colorado, as it is for those in Georgia, California, or Hawaii. Our oceans and Great Lakes provide jobs,
act as our favorite vacation spots, serve as natural classrooms for children across the country, and hold the secrets to our past and the promises for the future. They are a
national trust that we all have a responsibility to protect and enjoy.
Resource protection in the sanctuaries includes regulations, permitting, incident response, damage assessment and restoration, and enforcement.
For more information on management, please see the terms of designation, management plan, policies and permitting procedures.