Southeast Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Region

A healthy reef ecosystem is key to a healthy marine environment and the office of the National Marine Sanctuary Southeast region includes three distinctive yet interconnected reef systems.

Each year, on the eight or ninth night after the August full moon, several different species of corals at Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary release billions of pellet-sized polyps that soar to the surface in what is considered by many observers as the big event of coral spawning in the Gulf of Mexico.

Seventeen miles off Georgia is Gray's Reef which has one of the largest nearshore sandstone reefs in the southeastern United States. Sanctuary boundaries protect 17 square miles of open ocean. 

And the Florida Keys are internationally known for abundant fishing, numerous coral reefs and historic underwater archaeological sites, and are a major tourist attraction.

Visit the regional site links to learn more about Gray's Reef, Florida Keys  and Flower Garden Banks national marine sanctuaries.

Contacts

Billy D. Causey, Ph.D.
Regional Director
Southeast Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Region
NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
33 East Quay Road
Key West, Florida 33040
305.809.4670 (ex 234)
305.293.5011 (fax)
Billy.Causey@noaa.gov

William Kiene, Ph.D. 
Associate Science Coordinator
Southeast Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Region
NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
c/o Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
4700 Avenue U, Building 216
Galveston, TX 77551
409.621.5151 ext. 109
409.621.1316 (fax)
William.Kiene@noaa.gov

Maps

Gray's Reef

Gray's Reef map
Atlas Map
Information Sheet Download

Florida Keys

Florida Keys map
Atlas Map
Information Sheet Download

Flower Garden Banks

Flower Garden Banks map
Atlas Map
Information Sheet Download