Staff from NOAA Fisheries, Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, PORTS, Sea Grant, and the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network showed off their work and entertained guests with activities and information.
Our mural painting activity in 2011 was so popular, we did it again this year. Last year's mural showed the sanctuary's reef caps, while this year's mural showed the deep reefs of the mesophotic zone.
The following pictures highlight activities captured by Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary staff throughout the day.
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Photo credits: FGBNMS/Schmahl
Sanctuary Displays & Activities
Information and activities about the sanctuary were displayed throughout the ballroom at sanctuary headquarters.
Volunteer Madison Lee talks to a visitor about 20 things we've learned about Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary since it was designated 20 years ago.
Visitors enjoyed taking pictures of each other posing in a cut-out of a deep diving suit (donated by OceanWorks International). This was one example of the kinds of technology used to explore deeper ocean habitats.
At the Blue Seas Green Communities display, visitors post messages about what they will do to help coral reefs.
Michelle Johnston talks to a young visitor about the sanctuary's problem with invasive lionfish.
Volunteers Mary Carrier and Tom Oglin invite visitors to tell the Gulf what they are thankful for then pose for a sanctuary photo. These photos were then posted to the FGBNMS Facebook page.