Research Area Within Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary; Notice of Effective Date


NOAA published a final rule for the establishment of a research area within the Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary on October 14, 2011 (76 FR 63824). Pursuant to Section 304(b) of the National Marine Sanctuaries Act (16 U.S.C. 1434(b)) the final regulations take effect after 45 days of continuous session of Congress beginning on October 14, 2011. Through this notice, NOAA is announcing the regulations became effective on December 4, 2011.


Effective Date: The regulations published on October 14, 2011 (76 FR 63824) are effective on December 4, 2011.

For further information contact:

Resource Protection Coordinator Becky Shortland at (912) 598-2381.

Dated: December 5, 2011. Holly A. Bamford,

Deputy Assistant Administrator for Ocean Services and Coastal Zone Management.

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