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Introduction: Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary


Moving into the second decade as a National Marine Sanctuary—exploration, research, and protection continues to evolve through advancements in technology and a sense of adventure. A program of targeted research prepares this Sanctuary to address critical management priorities and to adapt management programs as new issues arise. Recent research demonstrates that the reefs of the Flower Garden Banks are not isolated islands of diversity but are an integral part of a network of interconnected biological features of the northwestern Gulf of Mexico.