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 laynal@bcls.lib.tx.us 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.


About MikeH

Texas hunter and fisherman for 50 years, published outdoor writer since 1979, licensed charter boat operator from 1982 to 2013. Past Member, Board of Directors, National Association of Charterboat Operators, current member Environmental Advisory Committee to the DOE and the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Married to Dorothy since 2000, one son, Michael who is recently married and living in Nederland, Texas. My wife and I live in Oyster Creek, Texas, near Freeport, and have a hunting property outside of Brazoria, Texas.
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