Add your voice to the conversation for expansion at Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary during virtual public meetings.

With the backing of more than 30 years of scientific studies, NOAA is issuing a notice of proposed rule-making to expand Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. The proposal would expand the sanctuary from 56 square miles to 160 square miles to protect additional critical habitat in the Gulf of Mexico.

The sanctuary will host three virtual public meetings for people to learn more about the proposed rule for Sanctuary Expansion. These will also provide an opportunity for people to make official oral comments about the proposed rule.

Join one of the meetings here and voice your support for sanctuary expansion:

Monday, June 8, 2020
1­–3 p.m. Central Time
Register in advance

  • If you are unable to participate online, you can connect to the meeting by phone using (213) 929-4232 and the attendee access code 704-409-034

Monday, June 8, 2020
6–8 p.m. Central Time
Register in advance

  • If you are unable to participate online, you can connect to the meeting by phone using (213) 929-4232 and the attendee access code 682-728-246

Thursday, June 11, 2020
6–8 p.m. Central Time
Register in advance

  • If you are unable to participate online, you can connect to the meeting by phone using (415) 655-0052 and the attendee access code 486-551-096

IMPORTANT: If you would like to provide comment during a meeting, please indicate so during the webinar registration process.

Public comments will be limited to three (3) minutes per person and the line-up of speakers will be based on the date and time of registration. If you will be participating by phone only and wish to make comments at one of the meetings, please send an email to fgbexpansion@noaa.gov to add your name to the list.

 

Have something to add to this post? Share it in the comments.
New stuff
sea cucumber

Marine Species: Sea Cucumber

The sea cucumber may not be the most glamorous animal, but for as common as they are underwater, most divers know little about them.
by Rebecca Strauss
Covid-19 disinfection

COVID-19 Diving Precautions and Practices: Protecting Yourself and Others

Divers around the world are wondering how to move forward in these uncertain times. Here are some updated COVID-19 diving precautions courtesy of DAN.
by Guest Author
Mergui Archipelago

The Best Diving in the Mergui Archipelago

The Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar offers some of Southeast Asia’s best diving, and chances are you’ll have sites all to yourself.
by Guest Author
blue and mako sharks

Diving with Blue and Mako Sharks in South Africa

You’ll cover some serious nautical miles when diving with blue and mako sharks in South Africa — but the long boat ride will be well worth it.
by Guest Author