Interest in deepwater areas in the Northwest Gulf of Mexico was expressed by NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (purple), the National Marine Fisheries Service Office of Habitat Conservation/Deep Sea Coral Research and Technology Program (blue) and the the National Systematics Laboratory and National Centers for Coastal and Ocean Science (red), and the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council (yellow and blue). Specific interests include baseline characterization to support future exploration; ecological connections to habitats at the banks and in deeper waters; proximity to Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (orange boxes) and many existing Habitat Areas of Particular Concern (grey boxes); and areas with a high probability of deep-sea coral habitat. The black line is the U.S. EEZ.

Interest in deepwater areas in the Northwest Gulf of Mexico was expressed by NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (purple), the National Marine Fisheries Service Office of Habitat Conservation/Deep Sea Coral Research and Technology Program (blue) and the National Systematics Laboratory and National Centers for Coastal and Ocean Science (red), and the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council (yellow and blue). Specific interests include baseline characterization to support future exploration; ecological connections to habitats at the banks and in deeper waters; proximity to Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (orange boxes) and many existing Habitat Areas of Particular Concern (grey boxes); and areas with a high probability of deep-sea coral habitat. The black line is the U.S. EEZ. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program.

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