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 is invited to comment on this proposal from June 10-August 19, 2016. Those comments will be used to develop a final environmental impact statement.
SUBMIT COMMENTS on Expansion Proposal
A public meeting of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council's Boundary Expansion Subcomittee will take place on Thursday, July 28, 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.
Public Meeting Schedule