Proposed Sanctuary Expansion
NOAA’s Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary is proposing to expand its boundaries to protect additional critical habitat in the Gulf of Mexico.
Learn More about the EXPANSION PROPOSAL
The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) lays out five alternatives for expansion. In the preferred alternative, the sanctuary would expand to 383 square miles and include 15 additional reefs and banks.
The public comment period for this document ended August 19. You may still view comments that were submitted by visiting the link below.
REVIEW COMMENTS on Expansion Proposal
The next steps in the expansion process will involve the development of a final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and a regulatory package based on the input we received on the DEIS.
A public meeting of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council's Boundary Expansion Subcomittee will take place on Thursday, August 25, 2016, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the sanctuary offices located at 4700 Avenue U, Building 216, Galveston.
Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC) members of this subcommittee will be meeting to review and discuss the sanctuary's proposal for boundary expansion as detailed in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement. Public comment will be accepted. For more information contact Leslie.Clift@noaa.gov.