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.
February 26, 2018
The Melissa Laser Fish Habitat Conservation Award is bestowed by the Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership upon individuals deemed to further the conservation, protection, restoration, and enhancement of habitat for native Atlantic coastal, estuarine-dependent, and diadromous fishes in a unique or extraordinary manner.
The award was established in memory of Dr. Melissa Laser who passed away unexpectedly on April 27, 2010. Melissa was a biologist with the Maine Department of Marine Resources where she worked tirelessly to protect, improve and restore aquatic ecosystems in Maine and along the entire Atlantic Coast.
As an astute strategic thinker and leader, Melissa edited and coordinated the Strategic and Operational Plan for the Restoration of Diadromous and Resident Fishes to the Penobscot River. She coordinated fish passage projects, managed and oversaw the biological field staff for the Maine Western Region, and was the Bureau of Sea Run Fisheries and Habitat Program lead for habitat restoration studies and projects. She was also an effective champion for Atlantic salmon, directing and coordinating Endangered Species Act-related actions pertaining to the species.
Melissa brought her smiling dedication and enthusiasm to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Habitat Committee and Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership’s Steering Committee, catalyzed by the Commission in 2006. Her contributions to these committees and to her home state were tremendous. She is deeply missed.
Instructions on how to submit a 2018 nomination, or visit: http://www.atlanticfishhabitat.org/opportunities/awards/.
Read about the 2017 Melissa Laser Fish Habitat Conservation Award Recipient, Mr. Jeff Beal, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Please send nominations to Lisa Havel, ACFHP Coordinator (LHavel@asmfc.org) by April 30, 2018.