Flower Garden Banks

Exploring and caring for special places in the Gulf of Mexico that inspire and connect us all.

PROPOSED Sanctuary Expansion

Building on more than 30 years of studies and numerous reports released in the last decade calling for additional protections, NOAA’s Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary is proposing to expand its boundaries to protect areas of national significance off the coasts of Texas and Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico. This map shows the preferred alternative for expansion as explained in our Draft Environmental Impact Statement. Learn More...

Map of preferred alternative (#3) for sanctuary expansion

Notes from the Field