Advisory Council Meeting November 18, 2015
The next meeting of the Sanctuary Advisory Council will take place on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at the sanctuary offices.
Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location: 4700 Avenue U, Building 216
Galveston, TX 77551
The agenda will include updates about the latest happenings at the sanctuary, discussion about the development of a vessel permitting process, and a presentation about a research project on Ocean Discovery Day called “Impacting Communities Through Informal Science Education.”
This meeting is open to the public. A public comment period will take place at 1 p.m.
For more information about the meeting, contact Leslie.Clift@noaa.gov.
Name a New Manta
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary is home to over 70 different manta rays. Each manta has a unique design on its underside that allows us to identify it. Once identified, it is listed in our online Manta Catalog.
Keeping track of manta rays allows us to understand how many different animals are in the area and the different parts of the sanctuary they are visiting.
To the left is a photo of a new manta ray that has not yet been added to the Manta Catalog. She was spotted at East Flower Garden Bank in July 2015, and photographed by G.P. Schmahl.
Before we add this new manta to our catalog, we invite you to help us name her. Entry forms are available through the Angleton Library in Brazoria County where our Reef on the Road exhibit is currently on display. Stop by the library, check out the exhibit and enter the contest to win a Window in the Waves DVD.
If you are unable to visit the library, you can email your entry to email@example.com with “Manta Contest” as the subject. Be sure to include your name and mailing address, the name you have selected for this manta and an explanation of why you picked that name. Deadline for contest entries is November 30, 2015.