Experimental location and setup.

A. Map of the Gulf of Mexico showing the locations of the east and west banks of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (FGBNMS) (27.92° N; 93.71° W) in relation to continental United States. Figure Credit: USGS. B. Coral recruitment platform established at the east Flower Garden Banks at 24 m depth photographed in August 2008 prior to Hurricane Ike.