Passport to Texas from Texas Parks and Wildlife
The Texas Parks and Wildlife television series features a segment in June about an underwater “flower garden” you won’t want to miss. Producer Bruce Biermann explains.
Just a hundred and ten mile, east southeast of Galveston is a national treasure.
Flower Garden Banks are one of the most unique, diverse, and healthy coral reef ecosystem habitats, the northernmost coral reef on the continental shelf of north America.
And Texas A&M Corpus Christi has the contract to go out and monitor the coral reefs.
Organized monitoring of the Flower Garden Banks has been going on since 1989, and to date, all of our findings have been positive.
One of the interesting things is that what forms the coral heads is a big salt dome. Well, oil is underneath all this salt.
It is surrounded by the most active offshore oil and gas production area of the world. And so what we do is go out on annual cruises to ensure that there are no changes—no negative changes—occurring in the reef system itself.
Coral reefs take thousands of years to grow. And it doesn’t take but one oil spill to destroy an entire coral reef.
I think it’s important that Texans realize that this is a national treasure that’s sitting in Texas’ backyard.
Find stations airing the series at passporttotexas.org.
That’s our show… For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.