[Coral-List] Scoping for Flower Garden Banks Management Plan

G.P. Schmahl george.schmahl at noaa.gov
Wed Oct 11 11:20:11 EDT 2006

Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary - Scoping Meetings

The Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (FGBNMS) is beginning 
its Management Plan Review (MPR).  A sanctuary management plan is a 
site-specific planning and management document, which is periodically 
reviewed, that describes the objectives, policies and activities for a 
sanctuary and guides future management.  In conjunction with the MPR 
process, the sanctuary has just released the State of the Sanctuary 
Report.  This report details the sanctuary's natural resources, 
research, education programs and current issues and invites public 
involvement in the MPR process.  Copies of this report may be requested 
from the contact identified below.  An electronic copy of the report is 
available on the website:  http://flowergarden.noaa.gov  

The FGBNMS will hold public meetings to obtain input from resources 
users, interest groups, government agencies, and other members of the 
public on resource management issues.  This input will help define the 
range of issues that the program will address during the management plan 

Scoping meetings provide an opportunity for people to directly comment 
on issues related to management of the sanctuary's natural and cultural 
resources and overall administration.  The meetings will follow an 
open-house style format where sanctuary staff will be on hand to provide 
information and answer questions.  

We encourage interested members of the public to attend and provide 
comments at a scoping meeting.  Those unable to attend can mail, fax or 
email written comments directly to the sanctuary.  (See information 
below for dates, locations, and contacts).  The sanctuary will work with 
its Advisory Council and other members of the public to help prioritize 
issues that will be addressed during this management plan review, and 
later to develop a draft management plan.

Scoping Meetings

October 17, 2006    Webster, TX (Houston/Galveston)     7:00 - 10:00 
Webster Civic Center
311 Pennsylvania Street
Webster, TX  77598

October 19, 2006    Corpus Christi, TX    7:00 - 10:00 p.m.   
Harte Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies
Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
6300 Ocean Drive
Corpus Christi, TX  78412

October 24, 2006    New Orleans, LA    7:00 - 10:00 p.m.   
Audubon Zoo - Dominion Learning Center
6500 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA  70118

For those unable to attend the scoping meetings, comments may be 
submitted to the contact listed below.  Comments on this initial scoping 
phase of the management plan review are requested by November 10, 2006. 

For more information contact:
Jennifer Morgan, Program Coordinator   
jennifer.morgan at noaa.gov
Phone:  409-621-5151 ext. 103     Fax:  409-621-1316

Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
4700 Ave. U, Bldg. 216
Galveston, TX  77551
Website:   http://flowergarden.noaa.gov           
Email comments to:       fgbmanagementplan at noaa.gov



George (G.P.) Schmahl

Sanctuary Manager

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

4700 Avenue U, Building 216

Galveston, TX   77551

(409) 621-5151

(409) 621-1316 (fax)

george.schmahl at noaa.gov


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