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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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Seeking Advisory Council Applicants

Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary is seeking applicants for four seats on its advisory council, a community-based group of individuals that provide advice for sanctuary management.

The sanctuary is accepting applications for the following council seats:  conservation, education, recreational fishing and research. 

For more information and application materials, please visit our Council News page.

Seaside Chats 2016

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This year our Seaside Chat series will take place at Sea Scout Base Galveston with a beautiful view of Offats Bayou at sunset.

Presentations will also be available via webinar. Please register for each one using the information below. After you register, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions about joining the webinar.

Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

February 10 - Managing Invasive Lionfish (including lionfish disssection demonstration)

Lionfish Webinar registration

February 17 - Why Do Whales & Dolphins Strand? (presented by TX Marine Mammal Stranding Network)

Stranding Webinar registration

February 24 - What's News at FGBNMS?

FGBNMS Webinar registration

Join us for these FREE presentations to learn more about the ocean environment around us. Free parking on site.

Sea Scout Base Galveston
5th Floor Commodore Room
7509 Broadway, Galveston, TX 77554

Download a Flyer (609kb pdf)

Questions? Contact or call 409-621-5151, x105.

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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