Flower Garden Banks Marine Sanctuary Expands

Fourteen critical reefs and banks in the Gulf of Mexico are now protected under an expansion of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary that will triple the size of its protected waters.

The expansion means increased protections for important habitats and species, such as the whale sharks, manta rays, sea turtles, mollusks, crustaceans, birds, and hundreds of species of fish that call the sanctuary home. The expansion areas will be home to future conservation work and support resource protection, recreation, and stewardship for local communities and the country.

Source: National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

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