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SCIENCE DOCUMENTS
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This page is a compilation of most of the science documents found elsewhere in this web site. You will also find links to these documents on the appropriate web pages.

A comprehensive listing of scientific publications and articles associated with sanctuary research, is available on our Research Bibliography page.

General Science Documents
Publications
Science Posters
Research Reports
Long-Term Monitoring Reports
Cruise Reports
Bureau of Ocean Energy Managmen (BOEM) Reports
Animal Sighting Forms
Requesting Shiptime

If you don't find what you are looking for here, use the links at the top of this page to search the rest of the Document Library.

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A diver takes images at set points along a random transect line placed on the reef. (Image: FGBNMS/Schmahl)

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GENERAL DOCUMENTS
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2008 Condition Report (1.6MB pdf)
- A summary of marine resources in the sanctuary, pressures on those resources, current condition and trends, and management responses to the pressures that threaten the integrity of the marine environment. Additional information available on the 2008 Condition Report web page.

Annual Coral Spawning Event (12kb pdf)
- An article by Derek Hagman about coral larval input to the sanctuary.

Biological Considerations of the Effects of Spearfishing (207kb pdf)
- A summary of research regarding the impacts of spearfishing on biological communities.

Collections Data Form (146kd pdf)
- Must be submitted for approval before any collection of samples or species from the sanctuary.

Coral Cap Species List (1.3MB pdf)
- A comprehensive list of all the species identified in the sanctuary within recreational dive limits (0-130 ft, 0-40 m deep)

Coral Guide (5MB pdf)
- A picture guide to stony corals of the sanctuary within recreational dive limits (0-130 ft, 0-40 m deep). Includes close up images of polyps and skeletons (image below).

Image of front page of coral guide

DFH Marine Debris Sightings in Northwestern Gulf of Mexico (120kb pdf)
- Marine debris sightings data extracted from Deep Fish Habitat (DFH) ROV video transect transcripts.

Manta Catalog (4.2MB pdf)
- A pictorial catalog of identified Manta Rays in the sanctuary. Information also available on Manta Catalog web pages.

Mapping, Assessment and Removal of Derelict Fishing Gear (DFG) from Stetson Bank (648kb pdf)
- Summary of a marine debris removal project

Mohawk ROV Fact Sheet (307kb pdf)
- Information about and specifications of the ROV used by the sanctuary since October 2013.

Nutrient Stress on Coral Reef Communities (16kb pdf)
- An article by Lanny Miller and Ken Dunton about studies to determine a corelation between macro algae and nutrient stress on coral reefs.

Permit Application (364kb pdf)
- Request a permit to conduct research activities in the sanctuary.

Permit Application Instructions (395kb pdf)
- Instructions for completing the Permit Application available above.

Research Chronology (100kb pdf)
- A chronology of research in the sanctuary.

Research Projects (211kb pdf)
- A listing of current science projects within the sanctuary.

Secrets of the Gulf via Internet 2 (844kb pdf)
- An article by Peter Etnoyer, one of the researchers who participated in the Secrets of the Gulf expedition from a remote command center in Corpus Christi, TX.

Temperature & Salinity Data (36kb pdf)
- Data from 2005 to 2008.

White Plague Coral Disease at the FGBNMS (556kb pdf)
- Project summary by researcher Bob Jonas.

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PUBLICATIONS
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For a comprehensive listing of scientific publications and articles associated with sanctuary research, please visit our Research Bibliography page.

Biogeographic Characterization of Fish Communities within the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary - Work Plan (September 2006) (152kb pdf)

Biogeographic Characterization of Fish Communities within the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary - Mission Report (October 2006) (400kb pdf)

Fish and Benthic Communities of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary: Science to Support Sanctuary Management (October 2014)

Prior Assessments of Fish Communities on the Flower Garden Banks (16kb pdf)

State of the Coral Reef Ecosystems of the United States and Pacific Freely Associated States (2008, 2005, 2002)

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SCIENCE POSTERS
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Benthic Community Composition Associated with a Petroleum Platform, High Island A-389-A, Located within theFlower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (5MB pdf) - poster presented by John Embesi at GCFI 2013

Ciguatera Fish Poisoning in the Northwestern Gulf of Mexico (7MB pdf) - poster presented by Ryan Eckert at GCFI 2013

Deep Sea Marine Life of the Monterrey Shipwrecks (2.5MB pdf) - poster created by Bill Kiene following 2013 exploration of shipwrecks in the Gulf of Mexico

Deepwater Antipatharians Poster, High Resolution (42MB pdf)

Deepwater Antipatharians Poster, Low Resolution (560kb pdf)

Deepwater Fishes Poster, High Resolution (40MB pdf)

Deepwater Fishes Poster, Low Resolution (376kb pdf)

Deepwater Invertebrates Poster, High Resolution (31MB pdf)

Deepwater Invertebrates Poster, Low Resolution (508kb pdf)

Deepwater Octocorals Poster, High Resolution (29MB pdf)

Deepwater Octocorals Poster, Low Resolution (560kb pdf)

Deepwater Sponges Poster, High Resolution (21MB pdf)

Deepwater Sponges Poster, Low Resolution (8MB pdf)

Fish Communities Associated with Benthic Biological Zones at the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary and other Banks in the Northwestern Gulf of Mexico (3MB pdf)
- poster presented by Marissa Nuttall at GCFI 2013

Indo-Pacific Lionfish (Pterois volitans/miles) Invade the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary in the Northwest Gulf of Mexico (3MB pdf)
- poster presented by Michelle Johnston at GCFI 2013

Investigation of a Northern Gulf of Mexico brain coral, Diploria strigosa, for climate reconstructions - poster (4.7MB pdf) - poster by Robin Cobb, LSU

Manta Catalog Poster, High Resolution (1MB pdf)

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RESEARCH REPORTS
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Research Reports provide a summary of research activities conducted during a fiscal year (October 1-September 30).

2015 Research Report (3.4MB pdf)

2014 Research Report (779kb pdf)

2013 Research Report (10.4MB pdf)

2012 Research Report (4.3MB pdf)

2011 Research Report (76kb pdf)
- also available as a web page at 2011 Research Summary

2010 Research Report (65kb pdf)
- also available as a web page at 2010 Research Summary

2009 Research Report (1MB pdf)
- also available as a web page at 2009 Research Summary

2008 Research Report (444kb pdf)
- also available as a web page at 2008 Research Summary

2007 Research Report (336kb pdf)

2006 Research Report (856kb pdf)

2005 Research Report (328kb pdf)

2004 Research Report (136kb pdf)

2003 Research Report (320kb pdf)

2002 Research Report (304kb pdf)

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CRUISE REPORTS
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Cruise Reports provide a summary of activities conducted during specific research cruises.

May 2010: Benthic Survey Cruise DFH14 (56kb pdf)

August 2009: Coral Spawning Cruise (692kb pdf)

May 2009: Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary Deep-Sea Coral Investigations (web page)

October 2008: Post-Ike Quick-Look Assessment Cruise (3.9MB pdf)

August 2008: Coral Spawning Cruise (812kb pdf)

July 2008: Mooring Drilling Cruise (416kb pdf)

July 2008: ICRS Field Trip (700kb pdf)

August 2006: Coral Spawning Cruise (508kb pdf)

October 2005: Hurricane Rita Impacts at the FGBNMS (1.3MB pdf)

May 2005: Coral Disease Monitoring Cruise (332kb pdf)

April 2005: Coral Disease Response Cruise (284kb pdf)

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LONG-TERM MONITORING REPORTS
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Two photos showing a diver taking monitoring photos on the reef

Additional long-term monitoring reports are available from BOEM in the next section of this page.

Stetson Bank Long-Term Monitoring: 2015 Annual Report - Results and conclusions from the 2015 monitoring at Stetson Bank.

Long-Term Monitoring at East and West Flower Garden Banks: 2015 Annual Report (3.7MB pdf) - Results and conclusions from the 2015 monitoring data at East and West Flower Garden Banks.

2015 Long-Term Monitoring at East and West Flower Garden Banks summary (318kb pdf) - A two page summary of the full 2015 Long-Term Monitoring report.

Long-Term Monitoring at East and West Flower Garden Banks: 2014 Annual Report (4MB pdf) - Results and conclusions from the 2014 monitoring data at East and West Flower Garden Banks.

2014 Long-Term Monitoring at East and West Flower Garden Banks summary (274kb pdf) - A two page summary of the full 2014 Long-Term Monitoring report.

Long-Term Monitoring at East and West Flower Garden Banks: 2013 Annual Report (3MB pdf) - Results and conclusions from the 2013 monitoring data at East and West Flower Garden Banks.

2013 Long-Term Monitoring at East and West Flower Garden Banks summary (1.7MB pdf) - A two page summary of the full 2013 Long-Term Moniroting report.

Long-Term Monitoring at East and West Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, 2011-2012. Volume 1: Technical Report - Summary of results from long-term monitoring data collected in 2011 and 2012 (205 pages, 8.9MB pdf). BOEM 2015-027

Long-Term Monitoring at East and West Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, 2011-2012. Volume 2: Appendixes - Appendixes for the 2011-2012 long-term monitoring report (409 pages, 10MB pdf). BOEM 2015-028

A selection of Long-Term Monitoring images:

East Flower Garden Bank Monitoring Images (pin 101)

Stetson Bank Monitoring Images (pins 26, 37, 40)

West Flower Garden Bank Monitoring Images (pin 501)

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BOEM (MMS) DOCUMENTS
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These documents are published by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), formerly known as the Minerals Management Service (MMS). For sanctuary-related documents prior to 2001, please visit the Bureau of Offshore Energy Management (BOEM) website.

2013

2013-014 Long-Term Monitoring at the East and West Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, 2009–2010; Volume 1: Technical Report (5MB pdf)

2013-015 Long-Term Monitoring at the East and West Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, 2009–2010; Volume2: Appendices (10MB pdf)

2013-216 Corals on Oil and Gas Platforms Near the Flower Garden Banks: Population Characteristics, Recruitment, and Genetic Affinity (4MB pdf)

2010

2010-052 Long-Term Monitoring at the East and West Flower Garden Banks: 2004-2008, Volume I: Technical Report (21MB pdf)

2010-053 Long-Term Monitoring at the East and West Flower Garden Banks: 2004-2008, Volume II: Appendices (47MB pdf)

2009

MMS 2009-032 Post-Hurricane Assessment of Sensitive Habitats of the Flower Garden Banks Vicinity (10MB pdf)

2008

MMS 2008-027 Long Term Monitoring at the East and West Flower Garden Banks 2004-2005 - Interim Report Vol. I: Technical Report (4MB pdf)

MMS 2008-028 Long Term Monitoring at the East and West Flower Garden Banks 2004-2005 - Interim Report Vol. II: Appendices (6MB pdf)

MMS 2008-019 Post Hurricane Assessment at the East Flower Garden Bank Long Term Monitoring site: November 2005 (6MB pdf)

2006

MMS 2006-035 Long Term Monitoring at the East and West Flower Garden Banks 2002-2003 (8MB pdf)

MMS 2006-037 Effect of Depth, Location, and Habitat Type, on Relative Abundance and Species Composition of Fishes Associated with Petroleum Platforms and Sonnier Bank in the Northern Gulf of Mexico (4MB pdf)

2003

MMS 2003-031 Long Term Monitoring at the East and West Flower Garden Banks 2000-2001 (3MB)

2001

MMS 2001-101 Long Term Monitoring at the East and West Flower Garden Banks 1998-1999 (13MB pdf)

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ANIMAL SIGHTING FORMS

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Animal Sighting Report Form (263kb pdf) - Report observations of manta rays, whale sharks, other sharks and rays, sea turtles, marine mammals, octopus, squid, birds, or spawning organisms of any kind.

Lionfish Sighting Report Form (390kb pdf) - Report sightings of invasive lionfish anywhere in the sanctuary.

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REQUESTING SHIPTIME
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These are all of the forms necessary for Requesting Shiptime on R/V MANTA.

Vessel Request Form (68kb pdf)

R/V MANTA Cruise Plan (65kb pdf)

Scientific Diver Liability Form (21kb pdf)

Emergency Contact Form (270kb pdf)

Safety Awareness Aboard (267kb pdf)

Diver Checklist (144kb pdf)

Post-Cruise Summary (50kb pdf)

Map to TAMUG Dock (435kb pdf)


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