Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

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Chapter 5. CULTURAL AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC CRITERIA

(Guidelines and Criteria Section B / Cultural and Socio-Economic Criteria) Nominated Areas must conform, where applicable, to at least one of the three Cultural and Socio-Economic Criteria. If applicable, describe how the nominated site satisfies one or more of the following three Criteria (Attach in Annex any specific and relevant documents in support of these criteria).

Productivity:


The mission of the sanctuary is to identify, protect, conserve, and enhance the natural and cultural resources, values and qualities of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary and its regional environment for this and future generations. Its primary goal is to protect, maintain and, where appropriate, restore and enhance the characteristics of the FGBNMS including, but not limited to, the natural living and geological resources, ecological processes, and water quality. The Flower Garden Banks are some of the most intact and productive coral reefs in the Wider Caribbean. Management actions are designed to maintain and enhance the habitats of the sanctuary and the biological communities they support. Regular monitoring and research seeks to understand the environmental factors that influence the biological conditions of the sanctuary, and allow for appropriate and timely responses to changes that may threaten the integrity of the ecosystem.The mission of the sanctuary is to identify, protect, conserve, and enhance the natural and cultural resources, values and qualities of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary and its regional environment for this and future generations. Its primary goal is to protect, maintain and, where appropriate, restore and enhance the characteristics of the FGBNMS including, but not limited to, the natural living and geological resources, ecological processes, and water quality. The Flower Garden Banks are some of the most intact and productive coral reefs in the Wider Caribbean. Management actions are designed to maintain and enhance the habitats of the sanctuary and the biological communities they support. Regular monitoring and research seeks to understand the environmental factors
that influence the biological conditions of the sanctuary, and allow for appropriate and timely responses to changes that may threaten the integrity of the ecosystem.

Cultural and traditional use:


The sanctuary was established to manage and facilitate multiple sustainable uses of sanctuary resources that are compatible with the primary purpose of resource protection.

Socio-economic benefits:


The sanctuary promotes and leads conservation and management partnerships to protect sanctuary resources and the regional marine environment through ecosystem-based management. These efforts help to preserve important biological resources that are an essential part of the Gulf of Mexico economy and utilized by commercial and recreational fishers as well as the diving operators in the region.