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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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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.

Accepting Advisory Council Applications

SAC members sitting at a table during meeting discussionsWe are currently accepting applications for four primary seats on our Advisory Council, a group that ensures public participation in sanctuary management and provides advice to the sanctuary superintendent.

The sanctuary is accepting applications for the following open seats: recreational diving, commercial fishing and diving operations (two seats). 

Click here for more information and an application.

Applications are due by September 30, 2014

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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