Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary Proposed Expansion
Building on more than three decades of scientific exploration and public calls for additional protections, NOAA today released a proposal to expand Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary to protect additional important Gulf of Mexico habitat.
NOAA is proposing to add 14 additional reefs and banks to the sanctuary that provide essential habitat for recreationally and commercially important fish, as well as habitats for threatened or endangered species including sea turtles, corals and manta rays. The sanctuary would expand from 56 square miles to 160 square miles.
G.P. Schmahl, FGBNMS Superintendent
Kelly Drinnen, Sanctuary Outreach Specialist