In The News

Southern Tides magazine

Check out this month's digital publication of Southern Tides magazine. Gray's Reef is featured in every issue with the Around the Reef article written by the sanctuary's communications team (page 9). This edition is the paddling-focused issue with tons of tips for on-water fun around the low country's expansive wetlands, rivers, and beaches. Look for Cathy Sakas' article on Ebenezer Creek (page 16) featuring Gray's Reef Foundation Director and the Foundation Chairwoman's journey through the historic natural landmark.

Capitol Hill Ocean Week

CHOW 2020 will focus on the global issue of protecting biodiversity. The breadth of life in our ocean is astounding. Building a sustainable global economy that protects nature is critical to people’s health and well-being. will be your hub for stimulating discussions. The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation is planning a full day of activities, including plenaries and concurrent breakout sessions on how science and technology are advancing our understanding of the marine environment, the role of protected areas in conserving biodiversity, and how to engage people as stewards.

Happening on June 9, 2020. Register to attend for free!

Georgia Sea Grant Fellowship at Gray's Reef

The Georgia Sea Grant State Fellowship Program provides a unique educational and professional opportunity to eligible graduate students who are interested in coastal and marine resources in Georgia, and the policy and management decisions affecting those resources.

Application Deadline: June 1, 2020 by 5 p.m.

Exploring the Sounds of Grays Reef National Marine Sanctuary

Join Gray's Reef Research Specialis, Alison Soss, and Georgia Sea Grant Fellow, Kris Howard, from on Tuesday, April 28 at 1:00p ET to learn about the sanctuary, what sounds are heard underwater, and what it's like to live onboard a NOAA research ship.

Explore by the seat of your pants, from anywhere! (Recorded webinar on YouTube)

NOAA tracks whales by sound

By Shelley Dawicki, February 25, 2020, Northeast Fisheries Science Center

WOODS HOLE, Mass. — Two passive acoustic data collection efforts are underway in the Gulf of Maine to gather information on North Atlantic right whales. One will deploy fixed archival-acoustic recorders mounted on the ocean bottom for a specific period of time. The other will use autonomous underwater vehicles called gliders, equipped to record acoustic information and report it back in near real-time. (full article linked above)

Gray's Reef coming to River St.

By Ben Goggins, Posted Feb 10, 2020

The curved panels that I saw taking shape will be part of the Gray’s Reef Expo on May 23 and 24. It takes a village to make a reef, and the design and fabrication of the dramatic panels is a collaboration of many minds and hands: Gray’s Reef, Savannah Technical College, Re:Purpose Savannah. (full article linked above)

New Director for Gray's Reef Foundation Chapter

Savannah, Ga. – December 17, 2019 The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation welcomes Jody Patterson as chapter director for the Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, a chapter of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation.

Patterson, a longtime ocean conservation advocate, worked with Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary as its events and volunteer coordinator from 2009-2019. She brings a wealth of experience in public engagement and science communication. Patterson will coordinate the chapter’s southeast regional MATE ROV Competition, an underwater robotics competition and education program, and support the chapter’s biggest fundraising event, the sustainable seafood gala A Fishy Affair. As chapter director, Patterson will raise funds for education, outreach and science programs that promote stewardship of Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary and strengthen conservation. (full article linked above)

Georgia Southern at Gray's Reef

By Andrew Gorton | December 6, 2019

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Gray’s Reef has been federally protected since 1981 when President Jimmy Carter declared it a national marine sanctuary.

Despite being protected, some scientists are concerned about the potential impacts global climate change could have on the reef.

But a Georgia Southern professor has been working on conserving the reef for nearly 20 years.

(full article linked above)

Gray's Reef is a global model

By Patrick Whittle The Associated Press, Dec 2, 2019

From the surface, these 22 square miles of water are unexceptional.

But dip beneath the surface — go down 60 or 70 feet — and you’ll find a spectacular seascape. Sponges, barnacles and tube worms cover rocky ledges on the ocean floor, forming a “live bottom.”

Gray’s Reef is little more than a drop in the ocean 19 miles off the Georgia coast, but don’t confuse size for significance. In one of his last official acts, President Jimmy Carter declared the reef a national marine sanctuary at the urging of conservationists who said its abundance of life was unique and worth saving for future generations. (full article linked above)

Ocean sounds from Gray's Reef

May 3, 2019

The abundant biodiversity at Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary is being cataloged by sound in an ongoing study. (full article linked above)

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