This page contains links to sanctuary reports that summarize our scientific research and monitoring efforts.
A more comprehensive listing of scientific publications and articles associated with sanctuary research, is available on our Research Publications page.
Annual Research Reports
The purpose of these reports is to document the activities of the Flower Garden Banks Research Team during each fiscal year (ending on September 30th of that year).
2017 Research Report (3MB pdf)
2016 Research Report (4MB pdf)
2015 Research Report (3MB pdf)
2014 Research Report (780kb pdf)
2013 Research Report (10MB pdf)
2012 Research Report (4MB pdf)
2011 Research Report (80kb pdf)
2010 Research Report (70kb pdf)
2009 Research Report (1MB pdf)
2008 Research Report (440kb pdf)
2007 Research Report (340kb pdf)
2006 Research Report (860kb pdf)
2005 Research Report (330kb pdf)
2004 Research Report (140kb pdf)
2003 Research Report (320kb pdf)
2002 Research Report (310kb pdf)
These reports provide a summary of pressures on sanctuary resources and the potential impacts of those pressures.
2008 Condition Report (2MB pdf)
- A summary of marine resources in the sanctuary, pressures on those resources, current condition and trends, and management responses to the pressures that threaten the integrity of the marine environment. Additional information available on the 2008 Condition Report web page.
Biological Considerations of the Effects of Spearfishing (210kb pdf)
- A summary of research regarding the impacts of spearfishing on biological communities.
Marine Debris Sightings in the Northwestern Gulf of Mexico (120kb pdf)
- Marine debris sightings data extracted from Deep Fish Habitat (DFH) ROV video transect transcripts, 2002-2015.
Long-Term Monitoring Reports: East and West Flower Garden Banks
These reports summarize fish and benthic community observations and water quality data collected from East Flower Garden Bank and West Flower Garden Bank long-term monitoring study sites. The annual long-term monitoring program began in 1989 and is funded by NOAA’s Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, with support from the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation.
National Coral Reef Monitoring Program FGBNMS 2020 Status Report - part of a series of reports on the status and trends of U.S. coral reefs
Long-Term Monitoring Reports: Stetson Bank
Stetson Bank is an uplifted claystone/siltstone feature located within Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, which supports a diverse benthic community of sponges and coral. Annual monitoring of the bank crest has been conducted since 1993. Surveys of the mesophotic zone surrounding the bank crest were added in 2015.
Monitoring Report: High Island A-389-A Platform
Oil and gas platform High Island A-389-A is located within Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, near East Flower Garden Bank. In July 2018, the top 20 meters of the decommissioned structure was removed, and the rest was left standing in place as an artificial reef. This provided a unique opportunity to document changes in the biological community associated with the structure.
Baseline Ecological Assessment of Artificial Reef, High Island A-389-A: Pre- and Post-partial Structure Removal
These documents are published by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), formerly known as the Minerals Management Service (MMS). For sanctuary-related documents prior to 2001, please visit the BOEM website.
Long-Term Monitoring at the East and West Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, 2009–2010; Volume 1: Technical Report
- poster presented by Ryan Eckert at GCFI 2013 (7MB pdf)
Deepwater Antipatharians Poster, Low Resolution (560kb pdf)
Deepwater Fishes Poster, High Resolution (41MB pdf)
Deepwater Fishes Poster, Low Resolution (380kb pdf)
Deepwater Invertebrates Poster, Low Resolution (510kb pdf)
Deepwater Octocorals Poster, High Resolution (29MB pdf)
Deepwater Octocorals Poster, Low Resolution (560kb pdf)
Deepwater Sponges Poster, High Resolution (21MB pdf)
Deepwater Sponges Poster, Low Resolution (8MB pdf)
Manta Catalog Poster, High Resolution (3MB pdf)
Manta Catalog Poster, Low Resolution (2MB pdf)
Benthic Community Composition Associated with a Petroleum Platform, High Island A-389-A, Located within the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (5MB pdf) - poster presented by John Embesi at GCFI 2013
Deep Sea Marine Life of the Monterrey Shipwrecks (3MB pdf) - poster created by Bill Kiene following 2013 exploration of shipwrecks in the Gulf of Mexico
Fish Communities Associated with Benthic Biological Zones at the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary and other Banks in the Northwestern Gulf of Mexico (3MB pdf) - poster presented by Marissa Nuttall at GCFI 2013
Indo-Pacific Lionfish (Pterois volitans/miles) Invade the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary in the Northwest Gulf of Mexico (3MB pdf) - poster presented by Michelle Johnston at GCFI 2013
Investigation of a Northern Gulf of Mexico brain coral, Diploria strigosa, for climate reconstructions (5MB pdf) - poster by Robin Cobb, LSU
Cruise Reports provide a summary of activities conducted during specific research cruises.
May 2010: Benthic Survey Cruise DFH14 (60kb pdf)
August 2009: Coral Spawning Cruise (700kb pdf)
August 2008: Coral Spawning Cruise (810kb pdf)
July 2008: Mooring Drilling Cruise (420kb pdf)
July 2008: ICRS Field Trip (700kb pdf)
August 2006: Coral Spawning Cruise (510kb pdf)
May 2005: Coral Disease Monitoring Cruise (330kb pdf)
April 2005: Coral Disease Response Cruise (280kb pdf)