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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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Advisory Council Meeting

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The next meeting of the Sanctuary Advisory Council will take place Wednesday, November 19th at the sanctuary offices in Galveston.

9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
4700 Avenue U, Building 216, Galveston, TX 77551

NCCOS marine biologist Randy Clark will be the featured speaker, reporting on a three-year study collecting baseline data at the Flower Garden Banks to support long-term management plans.

The entire meeting is open to the public and a public comment period will begin at 1 p.m.

Draft Agenda

Not Just Oil Rigs: Gulf of Mexico is Home to Pristine Coral Reefs

A Spanish Hogfish and a Yellowtail Damsel swimming amid corals on the reef.

On September 9, 2014 a program about the sanctuary aired on KUHF, Houston's local NPR radio station. The segment, by Edel Howlin, was broadcast as part of the Houston Matters program that day.

An audio recording of the broadcast and several images of the sanctuary are available from the Houston Matters website.

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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French angelfish in foreground; large boulder corals in background.  French angelfish is dinner plate size oval shaped, blue body with body scales bright yellow on their edges.
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