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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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Reef on the Road in Angleton

Exhibit on display in Angleton Library

The sanctuary's traveling exhibit, Reef on the Road, is now on display at the Angleton Library in Angleton, TX.

In conjunction with the exhibit, the library has scheduled several public programs.

Heroes of the Sea
After-school program for kids
Thursday, October 22 at 4:30 p.m.

Name the Manta Contest
November 2015

Author Visit: Jesse Cancelmo
"Texas Coral Reefs"

Tuesday, December 8 at 6:30 p.m.
(Jesse is a member of the Sanctuary Advisory Council)

For program information, please contact the library at

2015 Lionfish Invitational

Lad Akins using puncture proof gloves while measuring a lionfishThe first ever Lionfish Invitational was held August 31-September 3, 2015 and resulted in the removal of 317 invasive lionfish from the sanctuary.

This effort involved science surveys as well as lionfish removals by dive volunteers on board M/V FLING, while additional science surveys were conducted in non-removal areas from R/V MANTA.

In addition to the sanctuary, REEF, Texas State Aquarium, Fling Charters, Oregon State University and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation supported the event.

Press Release

Lionfish Invitational Photos & Information

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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