About 1300 people visited us for Ocean Discovery Day on March 25, 2017 to enjoy hands-on activities; take a virtual dive on the Flower Garden Banks; explore coral reefs, salt marshes, offshore oil platforms and marine science careers; discover Fort Crockett history; learn how to rescue dolphins; visit with sea turtles; and see what NOAA is and does here in the Gulf of Mexico.
Invasive Species Week Livestream: Lionfish Dissections
Have you ever wondered what we do with all of the lionfish we remove from the sanctuary? We weigh, measure and dissect them to collect data on genetics, growth patterns, diet and more. Want to see how we do it?
On Monday, February 27 we shared some lionfish dissections in real time on Facebook Live! You can now view the video of the live event on our Facebook page.
In the video, Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary research ecologist Dr. Michelle Johnston explains the problem invasive lionfish are causing throughout the National Marine Sanctuary System and demonstrates how dissections can help researchers collect data about their biology, life history and impacts.
PROPOSED Sanctuary Expansion
Building on more than 30 years of studies and numerous reports released in the last decade calling for additional protections, NOAA’s Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary is proposing to expand its boundaries to protect areas of national significance off the coasts of Texas and Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico. This map shows the preferred alternative for expansion as explained in our Draft Environmental Impact Statement. Learn More...