Years In The Making, Plan To Expand A Gulf Marine Sanctuary Faces An Uncertain Future

Efforts to further protect sensitive coral reefs could be halted amid President Trump’s push to expand offshore oil and gas drilling.

By Travis BubenikApril 30, 2018 9:30 am| , , ,

From Houston Public Media:

Off the coast of Galveston are some of the world’s most unique coral reefs. They’re so special that for more than a decade, scientists and conservationists have been working alongside the fishing and energy industries to further protect them.

But now, with the Trump administration’s push to expand offshore oil and gas drilling, there’s a chance that effort could be halted altogether.

The Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary is home to living coral reefs and “salt domes” – basically underwater mountains – that are key habitat for fish, manta rays, sea turtles and other animals. By all accounts, it’s a special place.

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