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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BA21 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary Boundary Expansion 
Abstract: The Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) conducted scoping in association with the Management Plan Review of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (FGBNMS or Sanctuary). Among the actions identified by this scoping was to expand the Sanctuary and apply regulations to the new areas. In order to accomplish this goal, ONMS is developing a draft environmental impact statement to expand the network of protected areas within the FGBNMS by incorporating selected reefs and banks in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico for their long-term protection and management. This action would extend sanctuary regulations currently in place in the FGBNMS, as well as several new regulations to the expanded areas. 
Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 15 CFR 922   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1439   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  05/00/2017 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Helene Scalliet
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
1305 East-West Highway,
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone:301 713-7281
Email: helene.scalliet@noaa.gov