It is a national marine sanctuary. It is a part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s system of such sanctuaries, which serves a similar purpose to national parks and preserves. Some regulated sustainable commercial and recreational activity is permitted inside these protected areas, while NOAA studies, monitors, and explores the sanctuaries, establishing educational and public awareness programs. The Flower Garden Bank is located 70-115 mi off of Texas and Louisiana in Mexican Gulf. It is made up of three underwater communities on top of underwater salt domes.
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