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Sanctuary Superintendent greets visitors at the Webster, TX scoping meeting.Our sanctuary advisory council meets about four times per year to discuss the latest sanctuary issues and offer advice to the sanctuary superintendent on a variety of topics. You are always welcome to attend any of these meetings at the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary headquarters (4700 Avenue U, Building 216, Galveston, TX).

We also encourage you to consider participating as a council member, by applying for open seats as they become available. The council includes representatives in the following core constituent groups:

Dive Operations
Recreational Diving
Oil & Gas Production
Recreational Fishing
Commercial Fishing

For more information about our advisory council and when it meets, please visit the Advisory Council section of this website.

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2012 Management Plan

The 2012 Management Plan, released in April 2012 will help guide sanctuary management decisions for the next 5-10 years. Please consult our online Action Plan Guide for more detailed information about each of the Action Plans within this document or the Management Plan FAQ page for answers to some of the most common questions.

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If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to send us a note at or give us a call at 409-621-5151.

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Learn More

To learn more about the establishment of the National Marine Sanctuary Act and the sanctuaries that followed, please visit our National Marine Sanctuaries Federal Register Notices page.

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Gray-green tube sponge cluster in foreground.  Algae covered rocks in background.  Tubes range from 5-20 inches tall and about 1 to 3 inches across.
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