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Welcome to a very special place...

Picture yourself over 100 miles from land, in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico. At times, the seas can be very unforgiving, and the weather can turn foul in an instant. But here, in the midst of this unpredictable Gulf, lie three of the most beautiful and wild places in all the world. Manta rays, whale sharks, coral heads bigger than cars, hundreds of species of fish and invertebrates... This place teems with life!

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Get Into Your Sanctuary Day

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June 27, 2015
10 am-2 pm
Aquarium at Moody Gardens

Join us in the Aquarium at Moody Gardens to find out how you can get into Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary and take part in a great photo opportunity!

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Accepting Applications for Recreational Fishing Seat on Advisory Council

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Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary is seeking applicants for one of two recreational fishing seats on its advisory council.

The council ensures public participation in sanctuary management and provides advice to the sanctuary superintendent.

Application materials and information are available on the Council News page. Completed applications are due by close of business June 30, 2015.

Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
4700 Avenue U, Building 216
Galveston, TX 77551
p) 409-621-5151
f) 409-621-1316

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