Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary and Texas A&M University at Galveston: Building a Research and Learning Partnership

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Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary and Texas A&M University at Galveston: Building a Research and Learning Partnership

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Title: Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary and Texas A&M University at Galveston: Building a Research and Learning Partnership
Author: Buch, KL; Hickerson, E
Abstract: The Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (Sanctuary), located off the coast of Texas, is one of the most pristine off-shore coral reefs in the United States. Visited by divers, fishermen, and commercial vessels every day, the relatively unimpacted areas of the Sanctuary offer unique challenges in management and conservation, as well as unique academic opportunities to study and explore the resources in and around the Sanctuary. To take advantage of this, the Sanctuary and Texas A&M University at Galveston are working to establish a formal relationship to bring the academic and diving capabilities of the university to the Sanctuary, while at the same time providing students and professors of the university with new opportunities to direct their studies and field work towards topics that directly promote the Sanctuary's mission of conservation, sustainable use, and resource protection. While the Sanctuary and university have a long and prosperous track record, a formalized relationship can root this partnership in established science for conservation purposes and serve as a working model for other AAUS organizational members and national marine sanctuaries. This paper explores the merit, opportunities, strengths and hurdles of this partnership, and highlights the success and challenges in bringing this to partnership to life.
Description: American Academy of Underwater Sciences (http://www.aaus.org/)
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/10168
Date: 2009

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