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Contact: Ben Sherman
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Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council will
meet 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
“Sanctuary advisory council members help us balance protection of our coral reef ecosystem with the concerns of the local community,” said George P. Schmahl, the sanctuary’s manager.
The 11-member Flower Garden Banks Sanctuary Advisory Council consists of eight voting non-governmental members and three non-voting federal government agency members. The advisory council includes representatives from the recreational diving, diving operation, oil and gas industry, recreational fishing, commercial fishing, research, education and conservation communities.
Located in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico, Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, designated in 1992, includes three separate areas: East Flower Garden, West Flower Garden and Stetson Banks, which was added in 1996. The sanctuary harbors the northernmost coral reefs in the continental United States and serve as regional reservoirs of shallow-water reef fishes and invertebrates.
NOAA National Marine Sanctuary Program seeks to increase the public
awareness of America’s marine resources and maritime heritage
by conducting scientific research, monitoring, exploration and educational
programs. Today, the sanctuary program manages 13 national marine
sanctuaries and one coral reef ecosystem reserve that together encompass
more than 150,000 square miles of America’s ocean and Great
Lakes natural and cultural resources.
On the Web:
National Ocean Service: http://oceanservice.noaa.gov
Marine Sanctuary Program: http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov