In September 2014, NOAA Fisheries published a federal register
notice that listed seven coral species as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
The Council is collaborating with NOAA to host and maintain the ESA corals database in our coral portal.
If you want to know where the corals are in the Gulf Of Mexico, check our new ESA threatened coral explorer application by clicking the button below.
Goliath grouper is the largest grouper in the Gulf of Mexico.
This impressive species can reach 8 ft in length, weigh up to 850 lbs
and can be found around reefs, wrecks, and mangrove habitat.
This species was historically depleted but has made an impressive comeback.
For more interesting information about this species and highlight the challenges related to management of this giant grouper species. Check our storyboard using the button below.
The Gulf Council is considering establishing new coral protections
in the Gulf of Mexico to conserve essential fish habitat and support
The Council's fishermen and scientific advisors have recognized 15 areas that may warrant further protections.
For more information about this amendment or to see where the areas under consideration are located, use the buttons below.
Did you know that as of March 2011, the Gulf of Mexico had 295
marine protected areas?
But not all of these are created equally - they can have varying levels of regulation and are managed by different organizations. Needless to say, marine protected areas can be a confusing topic.
This storyboard aims to clear up some of that confusion, discussing topics like what is a marine protected area, closed area enforcement and education, and who manages what? Click the button below to learn more!
Want to go for a swim? How about down around 1,300 feet?
You're going to need a submarine for that, so unless you're friends with Elon Musk
or James Cameron it's probably not going to happen, BUT...
you CAN go exploring with the crew of the R/V Nancy Foster, which sent down an ROV to check out coral habitat off the coast off west Florida. To learn more about what kinds of creatures can be found deep in the Gulf of Mexico, click the button below.
Image courtesy of Ed Cassano/Pelagic Research ServicesDeep Coral
An ecosystem is a community of organisms and the
environment in which these organisms live. The size of an ecosystem can range from a tiny
speck of marine snow to the entire ocean.
The Gulf of Mexico is considered a 'large marine ecosystem,' and managers are charged with managing the resources within it. Click the button below to learn more about how the Gulf Council is participating in ecosystem management.