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Georgia's Reefs

Most salt-water anglers never get to see the fish they catch in their natural habitat. On this program, we will! Both natural and artificial reefs provide food and shelter for marine animals like fish, sea turtles, and corals. Join us as we explore the remarkable world of Georgia's reefs and the opportunies they provide for fishing and for diving.

First we'll visit Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary. Located 17 nautical miles east of Sapelo Island, Gray's Reef is something of a crossroads where both northern and tropical species can be found. We'll be there for the summer return of the magnificent and graceful manta rays underwater, and above we'll explore the NOAA research vessel, Ferrel.

Next we'll dive on some of Georgia's artificial reefs and see their very natural wonder. Because only 5 percent of Georgia's continental shelf is made up of areas like Gray's Reef, artificial reefs have been used to enhance fishing opportunities off Georgia's coast. From World War II wrecks and sunken tugboats to concrete pre-formed "flounder hotels", they are a nice place for marine animals to live, and a fascinating place for us to visit.

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Information on diving off Georgia's coast and volunteer diving opportunities.

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

A branch of the U.S. Department of Commerce whose primary responsibility is to conserve and wisely manage the nation's coastal and marine resources, and to describe and predict changes in the Earth's environment.

National Marine Sanctuaries Program

The mission of NOAA's National Marine Sanctuaries Program is to serve as the trustee for the nation's system of marine protected areas, to conserve, protect and enhance their biodiversity, ecological integrity, and cultural legacy.

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