Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary

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Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary

Address:10 Ocean Science Circle
Savannah, GA 31411

Phone:912-598-2345
Fax:912-598-2367
Web: graysreef.noaa.gov
Location:23 miles off Sapelo Island, Georgia.
Activities:Recreational fishing, sport fishing, boating, underwater photography, and scuba diving.
Special Features:Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary is part of the only known winter calving ground for the endangered North Atlantic right whale. Description:Description: Gray's Reef is one of the largest nearshore live-bottom reefs in the southeastern United States and is unique because it exists in waters where both temperate and subtropical elements are combined. The sanctuary is composed of a submerged hard bottom (limestone) area with sandstone outcroppings and ledges six to ten feet high. The rocky areas are separated by a series of sandy, flat-bottomed troughs. Seventy feet below the ocean's surface, the rocky platform is covered with attached organisms which gives the reef its live-bottom designation. Seventeen square miles of open ocean are protected by sanctuary boundaries. Facilities:The sanctuary office and an interpretive center are located in the Georgia Marine Science Center on Skidway Island, just outside of Savannah, Georgia. Common Species: Black sea bass, snapper, grouper, barracuda, nurse shark, loggerhead sea turtle, and northern right whale. Environmental Issues: Protecting the North Atlantic right whale. Habitats: Flat bottom troughs, flat top ridge, ledges and crevices, slopes and sandy areas, waters above the reef, and scarps. Access: The reef is easily accessible by boat. Marinas and boat landing facilities are located along the coast between Savannah and Brunswick, Georgia.
Year Designated: 1981.

See other parks in Georgia.
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Presentations & Performances Exchange highlights include the Pirates of the Low Country Gala, Gray's Reef Ocean Film Festival, a model yacht workshop and pond regatta for children, the McIntosh County Shouters, a sea shanty singer, National Geographic children's films on Tybee Island, and boat building for adults and children.
Juvenile fish and environmental data were sampled at ten stations along a 110-km cross-shelf transect, including four stations surrounding Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary (Gray's Reef NMFS).
Located within the continental shelf off Georgia is the 56-[km.sup.2] Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary (Gray's Reef NMS, Fig.
To avoid sampling within Gray's Reef NMS, four stations were placed immediately adjacent to the four sides of the sanctuary (stations 2.1-2.4).
Hard-bottom (rock rubble) was seen in one video frame at station 2.3, on the southern edge of the Gray's Reef NMS.
Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary, the National Marine Sanctuary Office, and Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research provided funding for the project.
A video transect method for estimating reef fish abundance, composition, and habitat utilization at Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary, Georgia.
The others are Gulf of the Farallones Islands and the Channel Islands off California, Fagatele Bay in American Samoa, Looe Key and Key Largo off Florida, Gray's Reef off South Carolina, and the site of the wreck of the Civil War ironclad Monitor, off North Carolina.