October 5, 2018
ACFHP is excited to announce that the following three projects will be receiving National Fish Habitat Action Plan funding for the 2018 fiscal year, based on our recommendations to the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Seagrass Conservation Moorings in Coecles Harbor, Shelter Island, New York
For this project, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is working with partners to improve the extent and quality of the submerged aquatic vegetation in Coecles Harbor – home of the most substantial eelgrass bed remaining in any New York harbor. Traditional boat moorings use a block and chain design, which creates scour, removes eelgrass, and fragments and degrades habitat and water quality. Some of these moorings will be removed and replaced with conservation moorings, whose bungee-like design reduces impact to the bottom, allowing for eelgrass recovery and increased resiliency. The project will benefit species such as bay scallop, fluke, puffers, river herring, American eel, and striped bass.
The Columbia Dam Removal, Knowlton Township, New Jersey
The Nature Conservancy is working with partners to remove the Columbia Dam on Wynants Kill and open approximately 20 miles of streams (11 miles of mainstem and nine miles of tributaries) to migratory fish. In-stream habitat and 32 acres of floodplain will also be revegetated and restored. This project will result in healthier populations of migratory species such as American shad, river herring, sea lamprey, and American eel. It will also improve in-stream habitat for resident fishes and macroinvertebrates and improve water quality in the former impoundment.
Oyster Reef Restoration in Back Sound, Rachel Carson Reserve, Beaufort, North Carolina
East Carolina University and partners will use this funding to restore 0.11 acres of intertidal oyster reefs, protecting 3 acres of currently eroding and remnant salt marsh on Carrot Island. The project will benefit species such as red and black drum, flounder, Atlantic sharpnose and bonnethead sharks, spotted sea trout, black sea bass, stone and blue crabs, and diamond back terrapins. Back Sound is a popular area for recreational fishermen, K-12, and undergraduate school groups, who will all benefit from the restoration.
ACFHP Announces FY2019 Funding Available for Habitat Conservation Projects
August 7, 2018
The Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership (ACFHP) is requesting project applications to restore and conserve habitat necessary to support coastal, estuarine-dependent, and diadromous fish species along the Atlantic Coast. Federal funding available under the National Fish Habitat Action Plan will be used to support the top ranked proposals. To ensure available funding is being directed most effectively, projects should be geared toward meeting ACFHP’s protection and restoration objectives described in its new Conservation Strategic Plan. The maximum amount available for an individual project is $50,000. These funds can only be used for on-the-ground habitat conservation and improvement projects and related design and monitoring activities.
Applications must be received by Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at midnight for consideration.
For complete information and guidelines on how to apply please visit: http://www.atlanticfishhabitat.org/fy2019-atlantic-coastal-fish-habitat-partnership-application-cycle/ or look at the upcoming funding under ‘opportunities’ on the ACFHP website.
June 11, 2018
The Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership (ACFHP) is excited to announce its new collaboration with RepYourWater, Beyond the Pond, and Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture (EBTJV) to further support fish habitat conservation along the Atlantic coast. Starting now, 3% of all proceeds from RepYourWater merchandise featuring Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New England, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia, South Carolina, and Georgia will go directly to ACFHP and EBTJV via Beyond the Pond. In addition, RepYourWater donates 10% of proceeds from its conservation collection to their conservation partners, which includes Beyond the Pond. That translates to even more funding support for the 20 Fish Habitat Partnerships, including ACFHP.
RepYourWater is a Colorado-based angling and hunting gear company founded by the husband and wife team of Garrison and Corinne Doctor. The company is dedicated to improving wildlife habitat around the country through the sale of unique high-quality apparel and merchandise.
Shop the ACFHP-EBTJV collection here: https://www.repyourwater.com/collections/atlantic, then join the 198,000 Instagrammers hashtagging #repyourwater in your new gear!
March 19, 2018
The spring issue of the Coastal Fish Habitat Partnerships Newsletter is now available here: http://bit.ly/2FPi1Lh.
This edition highlights the Western Native Trout Initiative’s third poster in their ‘Get to Know Your Native’ series, the California Fish Passage Forum’s plan to co-host a workshop on fish passage barrier remediation tools, the Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership’s Melissa Laser Fish Habitat Conservation Award, and the Mat-Su’s successful 10th Annual Salmon Science and Conservation Symposium.