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Marine biodiversity helps the Gulf of Mexico's ability to produce seafood, resist diseases, filter pollutants, and rebound from stresses such as overfishing and man-made and natural disasters. From the smallest microbe to the largest mammal, each species plays an important role in how the Gulf of Mexico functions.

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Areas of Interest

Health and Safety

Seafood Inspection

The NOAA Seafood Inspection Program provides inspection services for fish, shellfish, and fishery products to the industry, and offers a variety of professional inspection services which assure compliance with all applicable food regulations. In the Southeast, the regional office is responsible for conducting inspection services and is the primary contact for clients wishing to contract for services.

Management

Endangered Species and Marine Mammal Management

The Protected Resources Division is responsible for the conservation, protection, and recovery of marine mammals and endangered and threatened species. We implement the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and Endangered Species Act (ESA). Through policy, management, and public outreach, the Protected Resources Division strives to ensure the recovery and survival of protected marine species for future generations in the waters of the southeastern United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Fisheries Management

The Sustainable Fisheries Division in the Southeast Regional Office is responsible for conserving and managing marine fishery resources in federal waters from North Carolina through Texas, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands with the goal of increasing long-term economic and social benefits to the nation from living marine resources. The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) authorizes NOAA Fisheries to manage the nation’s fisheries based on science. NOAA Fisheries in the southeast works with three fishery management councils; the Gulf of Mexico, the South Atlantic, and the Caribbean Councils to accomplish this goal.

Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary Species List

Highly Migratory Species Management

The Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Management Division of the National Marine Fisheries Service manages Atlantic highly migratory species (HMS); including tunas, sharks, swordfish and billfish. Management of HMS requires international cooperation, and rebuilding programs must reflect traditional participation in the fisheries by U.S. fishermen, relative to foreign fleets.

NOAA's Office of Law Enforcement

NOAA's Office of Law Enforcement is dedicated to enforcing laws that conserve and protect our nation's living marine resources and their natural habitat. Our goal is to assure that the many people who enjoy these resources for recreation or rely on them for business follow the rules that will maintain the species for future generations.

Louisiana Fisheries Management non-gov narrative image

Contains fisheries links to Louisiana and Gulf of Mexico regulations, gear technology, success in commercial fishing and best practices.

Science

Aquaculture non-gov narrative image

Louisiana aquaculture publications and resources.

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Science

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary managers use sound science and the best technology available to protect sanctuary resources. Long-term research studies help identify changes in habitats and marine life, as well as the role humans play in these environmental changes.

Aquaculture Coordination

NOAA's Office of Aquaculture, part of the National Marine Fisheries Service, fosters sustainable aquaculture that will create employment and business opportunities in coastal communities; provide safe, sustainable seafood; and complement NOAA's comprehensive strategy for maintaining healthy and productive marine populations, species, and ecosystems and vibrant coastal communities. In the southeast, marine aquaculture focuses on stock enhancement, food production, research, and restoration efforts. Species cultured in the region include oysters, clams, red drum, spotted seatrout, flounder, snook, pompano, black seabass, and algae.

Oysters

Louisiana oyster research non-gov narrative image, education non-gov narrative image and outreach, including links to the Grand Isle Oyster Hatchery.

Education & Outreach

Animals in Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

Reef-Building Coral Basics

A discussion of basic coral biology from the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary.

Corals and Coral Reefs

Corals and coral reefs that are found in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

Coral Bleaching

An explanation of coral bleaching and what causes it, along with links to virtual monitoring stations at reef sites across the Caribbean.

Coral Spawning in Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

An explanation of the annual mass spawning event at Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary and what we know about the science behind it. Includes photos and links to several years' worth of spawning observations.

Coral Spawning in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

An explanation of the annual mass spawning event at Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and what we know about the science behind it. Includes photos and links to several years' worth of spawning observations.

Educational Activities and Lessons about Marine Life

A variety of curriculum and student activities about corals, coral reefs, ocean conservation, and scientific study.

Federal Fishing Permits

The Constituency Services Branch of the National Marine Fisheries Service Southeast Regional Office manages the Southeast Regional Office's vessel/dealer permit programs. They prepare applications and instructions for federal fishing permits. Processors also answer questions from current and prospective permit holders via a toll-free public hotline.

Gulf of Mexico Deep-Sea Ecosystems

The Gulf of Mexico Deep-Sea Ecosystem Education Materials Collection is comprised of an Educators Guide providing background information, as well as 16 associated lesson plans.

History of Louisiana Dried Shrimp non-gov narrative image

A video on the history of the Louisiana dried shrimp industry.

Invasive Species - Florida Keys

A definition of what invasive species are and strategies for managing them. Includes a discussion of the lionfish invasion.

Invasive Species - Flower Garden Banks

A definition of what invasive species are and strategies for managing them. Includes a more detailed discussion of the lionfish invasion in the Gulf of Mexico.

Louisiana Fisheries Habitat Information non-gov narrative image

A link to fisheries habitat information and local, commercial and sport finfish, crab and shrimp.

Louisiana Fisheries Biological Information non-gov narrative image

Links to fish species profiles, guide to local fishing, and other resources.

Manta Catalog

An explanation of how individual manta rays are identified and how many are documented at Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. Includes photos of each identified manta as well as dates and locations of sightings.

Oral Histories of Louisiana Fisheries People non-gov narrative image

Oral histories from commercial fishermen and other useful resources for fishermen.

Photo Tour of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

A "virtual dive" from boat to bottom and back again at FGBNMS using photographs taken by divers.

Plants in Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

Learn about the mangroves and seagrass which play a crucial role in the Florida Keys ecosystem and economy.

Species List in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

A comprehensive listing of all known species found in the coral cap region of FGBNMS. Identification photos from the sanctuary are provided where available.

Wildlife Events at Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

A summary, with photos, of major wildlife events that occur at the sanctuary each year. Includes information on hammerheads, coral spawning, manta rays, whale sharks, and more.