Sanctuary Developing Expansion Plan
Advisory Council recommendation for sanctuary expansion
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In February, NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries announced that it is gathering information and requesting public comments for possible expansion of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary.
By the end of the public comment period, we had received over 165 comments and held three public meetings. Now the work begins.
The next step is the development of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement that evaluates all of the potential impacts various expansion options would present. Once that is prepared, we will ask for further input from you, the public.
Frequently Asked Questions about Sanctuary Expansion