Flower Garden Banks

A proposal to increase the coral reefs protected by the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary needs public support if the plan to make the sanctuary seven times larger is to be approved, advocates say.

The marine sanctuary program’s leaders want to expand the sanctuary’s size and add fishing and anchoring prohibitions. The proposed expansion adds 15 banks that occur along the edge of the continental shelf of the Gulf of Mexico, increasing the sanctuary area from 56 square miles to about 383 square miles, Sanctuary Superintendent George P. Schmahl said.

Alexa Crenshaw is a reporter for The Facts. Contact her at 979-237-0155. ​

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