Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

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Chapter 3. SITE DESCRIPTION

d - Human population and current activities

Inhabitants inside the area or in the zone of potential direct impact on the protected area:


Inside the area In the zone of potential direct impact
Permanent Seasonal Permanent Seasonal
Inhabitants not given not given not given not given

Comments about the previous table:


No human populations are present near the sanctuary. Workers reside on petroleum production platforms in the region, but only boaters (fishing and diving) come to the sanctuary.

Description of population, current human uses and development:


The sanctuary’s distance from shore limits the number of people that come to the sanctuary.

Activities Current human uses Possible development Description / comments, if any
Tourism limited unknown People only occasionally visit the sanctuary to dive or fish. Estimates are of up to 3000 divers a year visit the sanctuary on commercial dive boats.
Fishing unknown unknown The number of recreational and commercial fishers is not known.
Agriculture absent stable
Industry absent stable
Forestry absent stable
Others not specified not specified

e - Other relevant features

Educational feature:


The biological habitats have long been of interest to scientists and educators in understanding and telling the story of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem.

Scientific feature:


The biological habitats have long been of interest to scientists and educators in understanding and telling the story of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem.

Research feature:


The biological habitats have long been of interest to scientists and educators in understanding and telling the story of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem.

Historical feature:


The biological habitats have long been of interest to scientists and educators in understanding and telling the story of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem.

Archaeological feature:


The biological habitats have long been of interest to scientists and educators in understanding and telling the story of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem.