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Flower Garden Banks Sanctuary Expands

Flower Garden Banks Sanctuary Expands

On January 19, 2021, NOAA issued the Final Rule for expansion of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, which took effect March 22, 2021. This action protects 14 additional reefs and banks, slightly adjusts the boundaries of the sanctuary’s original three banks, and expands the sanctuary from 56 square miles to a total of 160 square miles.

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