Science Reports

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 (October 1st to September 30th).

Black coral that looks like evergreen branches

2020 Research Report

 

Purple encrusted algae across a large section of reef

2019 Research Report

 

Molt of a banded coral shrimp floating in the water near the reef

2018 Research Report

 

2017 Research Report

2016 Research Report

2015 Research Report

2014 Research Report

2013 Research Report

2012 Research Report

2011 Research Report

2010 Research Report


Impact Reports

These reports provide a summary of pressures on sanctuary resources and the potential impacts of those pressures.

Reefscape of healthy corals and small reef fish

Strategy for Stony Coral tissue Loss Disease Prevention and Response at Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (Version 1)

(ONMS-21-06)

 

Orange Christmas tree worm on mountainous star coral

Increasing coral calcification in Orbicella faveolata and Pseudodiploria strigosa at Flower Garden Banks, Gulf of Mexico

 

Document title overlayed on an image of coral and colorful fishes

FGBNMS Climate Change Impacts Profile

 

2008 Condition Report
- 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
- A summary of research regarding the impacts of spearfishing on biological communities.

Marine Debris Sightings in the Northwestern Gulf of Mexico
- 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.

For long-term monitoring reports prior to 2011, please visit the BOEM website.

Grouper and a few small fish in blue water as backdrop for words - Coral reef condition: Good. A status report for the Flower Garden Banks

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

 

Manta ray swims past diver in reef study site at East Flower Garden Bank

Long-term Monitoring at East and West Flower Garden Banks: 2019 Annual Report

(ONMS-21-02)

 

Two Barracudas swim above corals

Long-term Monitoring at East and West Flower Garden Banks: 2018 Annual Report

(ONMS-20-09)

 

Long-Term Monitoring at East and West Flower Garden Banks: 2017 Annual Report (ONMS-18-02)

Long-Term Monitoring at East and West Flower Garden Banks: 2016 Annual Report (ONMS-17-09)

Long-Term Monitoring at East and West Flower Garden Banks: 2015 Annual Report (ONMS-16-02)

Long-Term Monitoring at East and West Flower Garden Banks: 2014 Annual Report

Long-Term Monitoring at East and West Flower Garden Banks: 2013 Annual Report

Long-Term Monitoring at East and West Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, 2011-2012. Volume 1: Technical Report

Long-Term Monitoring at East and West Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, 2011-2012. Volume 2: Appendixes


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.

Diver swimming over urchins tucked between ridges on a Stetson Bank pinnacle

Stetson Bank Long-Term Monitoring: 2015-2018 Synthesis Report

(ONMS-21-01)

 

Fisheye view of fish swarming around a reef crest at Stetson Bank

Stetson Bank Long-Term Monitoring: 1993-2015

(ONMS-20-06)

 

Stetson Bank Long-Term Monitoring: 2018 Annual Report (ONMS-19-05)

Stetson Bank Long-Term Monitoring: 2017 Annual Report (ONMS-19-03)

Stetson Bank Long-Term Monitoring: 2016 Annual Report (ONMS-19-02)

Stetson Bank Long-Term Monitoring: 2015 Annual Report (ONMS 17-06)


Other Research Reports

Mapping, assessment, and other research activities are summarized in various reports, as needed.

Grayscale map of northern Gulf of Mexico showing mapped target areas

Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary Mapping Projects, 2017-2020

 

Diver conducting a fish survey within the legs of an oil and gas platform

Baseline Ecological Assessment of Artificial Reef, High Island A-389-A: Pre- and Post-partial Structure Removal

(ONMS-20-11)

 

October 2008: Hurricane Ike Impacts at FGBNMS

October 2005: Hurricane Rita Impacts at FGBNMS


Posters

Top of a scientific poster about ciguatera fish poisoning

Ciguatera Fish Poisoning in the Northwestern Gulf of Mexico

- poster presented by Ryan Eckert at GCFI 2013

 

Benthic Community Composition Associated with a Petroleum Platform, High Island A-389-A, Located within the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary - poster presented by John Embesi at GCFI 2013

Deep Sea Marine Life of the Monterrey Shipwrecks - 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 - 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 - poster presented by Michelle Johnston at GCFI 2013

Investigation of a Northern Gulf of Mexico brain coral, Diploria strigosa, for climate reconstructions - poster by Robin Cobb, LSU